Seen from le balcon Chez la Vache are the four towers of the Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. The buildings are outlined with lights during the holiday season each year the effect resembling the outlines of four giant books on a shelf.
The Embarcadero Center towers range from 30 to 45 stories in height. The Hyatt Regency San Francisco, the Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza are part of the complex located at the foot of Market Street. The Trammell Crow, David Rockefeller and John Portman development was begun with Tower One in 1971, with the last off-complex extension, Embarcadero West, completed in 1989. The 4.8 million square feet (445,900 m²) office complex employs 14,000 people and contains retail, dining, and entertainment spaces, and a movie theatre.