Originally Posted by 2oh1
The existing storefront is so 1980s mall and won't be missed at all.
My comment was not about the way the existing mall speaks (or rather) doesn't speak to the street. Rather, the height and footprint of the existing building creates a cohesion in the urban fabric that I believe should be considered a design imperative.
Yes, when singled out from the surrounding buildings, the design of the Apple looks better than this building. However, this short squat building offers nothing approaching architectural creativity or allure, nor does it reinvigorate the now lifeless street experience. I think this is value design - and the City of Portland has shown they are simply excited to have a apple flagship.
I propose that the store simply fill in the gaps of their design and meet the existing buildings height and footprint, either in glass or arcaded storefronts. More can be done in terms of design, and we needn't accept the first proposal, no matter now much we love our MacBooks.
Just my two cents...