The buildings surround a grand plaza evoking visions of the great public squares of Europe. Paved in a mosaic of red, grey and black granite, the plaza serves both as a restful haven and a reflection of a pulsing urban marketplace. The soaring glass-enclosed Wintergarden on the west side of the main tower furnishes an oasis of green while providing a dramatic gathering place for all seasons.
The gleaming glass and steel structures, known worldwide for their breathtaking design were developed by John Burgee Architects with the internationally renowned architect Philip Johnson from New York. This complex, with its thicket of 231 spires was designed to weave into the architecture of Pittsburgh and recall its great buildings, such as the Cathedral of Learning and the Allegheny County Courthouse. PPG Place’s neo Gothic forms are the perfect architectural bridge between the historical structures of the city and the newer geometrical high-rise towers.