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Attributed to flickr user Serge Melki
Attributed to flickr user Serge Melki
Height157 feet

About The Pyramids

The Pyramids are three pyramid-shaped office buildings that are part of a 200-acre (810,000 m) commercial development in College Park, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The structures occupy 45 acres (180,000 m) of land situated next to a 25-acre (100,000 m) lake. They were constructed between 1967 and 1972 by the College Life Insurance Company using a design by famed architect Kevin Roche. They are noted for their abstract quality of the opacity of the concrete walls which face the nearby highway and the reflectivity of the glass curtain walls that face the landscaped grounds. In the 1960s the College Life Insurance Company was rapidly expanding and sought to accommodate its growing staff while providing for anticipated expansion. It decided on a plan by Kevin Roche consisting of nine identical office towers each eleven stories tall and each containing 120,000 square feet (11,000 m). This would permit it to build towers as it needed additional office space without leaving buildings idle or underused. Only the initial three towers were constructed and take the form of pyramids. In the late 1990s the site was re-landscaped and further construction of towers appears unlikely.

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