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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 4:17 AM
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Brutalism is very powerful architecture...I find its ideas attractive.
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 4:54 AM
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MAn i'm so tired of this Miami looking bullshit in lakeshore east, where are the black glass towers that chicago use to build, where are the modern design and innovative ideas like the Nina Tower in Hong Kong??? Where is the futuristic design like Calatrva's 2,000 foot giant.Although im aware that not every residential tower has to be striking but ,DANG! At least make the effort to design something unique for the top of these lame pieces of shit buildings, this is Chicago! This is so fustrating to me, I can't believe these developers are getting away with these poor, uninspired designs. I hope they relize this before the get into the other lots fronting LSD. What's happening here is truly a waste!!
     
     
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 5:44 AM
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Honestly it looks surprisingly Impressionist to me. Maybe because of the b/w.
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 6:03 AM
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It's hard to tell from that rendering but so far I'm not impressed. The hole is pretty much the only thing that saves from becoming this value-engineered Loewenberg monstrosity:
     
     
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 10:24 AM
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Fugly... barf...

This looks like a NYC Kaufman-Chang inspired monstrosity ... poor Chicago... you deserve better
     
     
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NO! No big thick towers.
I didn't say anything about "big thick towers".
Unless you are referring to having the cutout at the bottom instead of in the middle.
     
     
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 10:51 AM
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The building reminds me of the structures from the movie "Metropolis".
Right.
And also the skyscraper that was planned in Hamburg in the 1930s.
     
     
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i think its just a bad rendering
What I was gonna say. A color, more detailed rendering would obviously be better.
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 1:04 PM
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I didn't say anything about "big thick towers".
Unless you are referring to having the cutout at the bottom instead of in the middle.
Yes...while mopving the hole to the bottom would satisfy our little wet dream desires of seeing into LSE from across the river, saving the park form a giant mass of a building by putting that hole there is far more critical.

In fact, the hole should be larger and they can add about 200 feet.

Honestly...I'm underwhelemed, so if this is the great project, the devil must be in the details.
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 1:45 PM
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I like it...

It'd be great if it were pushing 1000' - but nice none the less.

Not sure about the base however...

I'd like to see a color render when they get to it...
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 1:49 PM
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I like big, thick towers (most of the time)

I do agree that they need some more projects NOT shaped like boxes though.

This one seems like it will fit in well regardless...I has the "Chicago" style about it...

Atlanta's getting one as well - 50 Allen Plaza. That one's actually surprisingly good looking too.
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I think it looks pretty cool from whats been shown so far. Looks better than most of the LSE buildings anyway. I just think some people were expecting much more, in height and design, and are disappointed from that. Im in agreement with others who think we'll have to wait and see more renders to make a solid judgement though.
     
     
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I think I've pinpointed why the overall form is unpleasant to me: This building in all its symmetry gives off a real neo-fascist vibe.
Like Mussolini's EUR outside of Rome...

Gotta wait for better renders!
     
     
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 3:10 PM
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^^ I quite like it. It's reminiscent of one of the firm's earliest works, a condo building in Miami that has a smaller opening in the middle with a pool area in the void.....
That'd be the Atlantis - one of my first thoughts on seeing the LSE proposal also; Chicago's not getting the palm tree, though


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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 4:26 PM
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Have to say this one's certainly not one of my favourite proposed towers. Hopefully it's just the render though and we'll be amazed by various details, etc.
     
     
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Also, it would seem that this is a good time for Europeans to invest in American assets like real estate (but not securities, obviously) because of the favorable exchange rate.
I hope not; absentee-landlordism isn't exactly desirable.
     
     
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I'm glad I never made a comment about looking forward to this one (Times Square Westin is one of the poorest "grade A" tower designs around), because this is ugly. No vertical design... just a collection of blocks.
I agree with everything you say but don't you think that nastiness of this tower makes it pretty damn "okay" though? It's too crude for it not to be intentional. The vertical flow is muffled at just about every chance. The horizontal flow is almost non-existant. It only exists to kill the verticality of the tower. Or so it seems.
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All this hub-bub is such a short time. WOW. It must be the building of the century at the very center of the universe.

I understand the discussion. Perhaps, the powers that be put this "sketch" out in the press to create this activity. If so, they succeeded beyond measure.

Chicago has sooo much going on I am really suprised. Cheers to Chicago.
     
     
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That'd be the Atlantis - one of my first thoughts on seeing the LSE proposal also; Chicago's not getting the palm tree, though

Chicago gets palm trees along the beaches near LSD from about late spring through early fall. There are companies that rent them.

Enough global warming and we can have some year-round. I have some palm shrubs that have made it through their third winter so far. They don't look too great, but they are alive.

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I hope not; absentee-landlordism isn't exactly desirable.
It isn't always a problem. Someone owning a condo and paying the monthly fee , locking the door and leaving town for a while wouldn't cause much of a problem, nor would the owner of a large rental developement who hired a property manager.
     
     
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