Sekhemkhet´s pyramid was planned as a step pyramid. It started with a quadratic footprint measuring 377 ft x 377 ft. If the pyramid had been completed, it would have six or seven steps and a final height of 230 ft - 236 ft. Like Djoser´s pyramid, that of Sekhemkhet was built of lime stone bricks. The monument remained unfinished, possibly because of the pharaoh´s sudden death. Therefore, only the first step of the pyramid was finished, leaving a monument in shape of a large, quadraticmastaba(meaning "house for eternity" or "eternal house").