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Mira’s twisted vision finally complete

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White-panel curtain wall puts the finishing touch on spiraling tower

A 400-foot white tower, with a rippling surface that creates a corkscrew effect. Courtesy Tishman Speyer

Mira, the corkscrewing luxury high-rise at 163 Main, topped out construction and started putting multimillion-dollar condos on the market earlier this year. But until now, observers couldn’t see the full effect of architect Jeanne Gang’s accordion-like design.

On Thursday, developer Tishman Speyer said that the curtain wall on the tower is now complete, the final touch in bringing Studio Gang’s plan to material reality. The building has been under construction for over two years.

What makes this geometrically intricate building unique is its modular facade system, “made up of families of units that repeat every 11 floors.” This results in the curtain wall’s white panels twisting effect. Gang touts the look of Mira as a variation on classic SF bay windows, with a slightly different shape for each of the building’s 392 homes.

The East Cut building has also fast become one of the area’s most Instagrammable moments.

Residents will move in early next year. Mira condos listed on Zillow starting at just over $1 million and go as high as $4.75 million.

Originally zoned at 300 feet, the final Mira tower measures roughly 400 feet high. In early 2016, Tishman Speyer successfully lobbied to upzone the project by pointing out to the Planning Commission that more floors meant more affordable homes.

The city’s affordable housing portal lists Mira units starting at $241,159 for people making 80 percent of SF’s median income ($68,960 for one person), up to $543,970 for those making 120 percent ($103,440).