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Old Posted Oct 26, 2019, 12:53 PM
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What are best and the worst skyscrapers in your city?

For Toronto:

Best:

First Canadian Place:


Scotia Plaza:


Worst:

Grand Harbour:

Emporis

Battery Park:

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best

30 rock and the rest of rockefeller center



tower verre



new york times building



20 exchange place



general electric building



500 fifth avenue



williamsburg bank building






etc

worst

everything built in DT brooklyn in the last 10 years
everything with multicolored glass
anything with yellow glass
anything by frank gehry
anything with weird observation decks jutting out at 1200 feet
432 park (the big stick)
anything completely rectangular
madison sq garden
johnson's AT&T building
that stubby POS on roosevelt island that obscures the view of the Queensborough bridge
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new york

best

30 rock and the rest of rockefeller center
tower verre
new york times building
20 exchange place
general electric building
500 fifth avenue
williamsburg bank building





etc

worst

everything built in DT brooklyn in the last 10 years
everything with multicolored glass
anything with yellow glass
anything by frank gehry
anything with weird observation decks jutting out at 1200 feet
432 park (the big stick)
anything completely rectangular
madison sq garden
johnson's AT&T building
His building near the Brooklyn Bridge being the one exception. Gehrys buildings look like they were assembled by a board three year old! And I know I’m gonna get a lot of flack for this but I actually like 432!
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DC, it helps when you post a list of buildings to name the one building pictured

This thread illustrates clearly how subjective architecture is because I consider First Canadian Place if not the worst building in Toronto, it's close, as it's devoid of any features, imagination, or ornamentation. I guess if minimalism is your thing you might like it but I sure don't. Scotia Plaza (almost as boring) is comparatively, an architectural masterpiece since they at least added something to it to try and make it palatable. Grand Harbour on the other hand has that cool bridge section between buildings which alone gives it a thumbs up. As the two tallest buildings in Toronto are your favorite, it seems that height alone is your criteria

As for Victoria's nicest building (we don't have skyscrapers here), I consider Shoal Point the nicest but many consider Sussex Place the best:

It's not until you get up close to see all the little architectural details and features that went into Shoal Point that you really appreciate it but it also explains why many of Victoria's priciest condo's are inside the building:



Sussex Place:



I have no idea which is the worst as Victoria is filled with featureless residential high-rises, any of which could qualify
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For the forumers from NYC, check out New York Towers in North York for true awfulness
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One of my favourites downtown:

citynews
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I'll go residential to change things up here:

Best

X condominiums.

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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7...db88f4c1_b.jpg

Worst

L Tower, I hate the look of this and it's rife with problems.

Rentfurnished image
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One of my favourites downtown:

citynews
One of the best for sure. It also seems to stand out more as time goes and more glass towers are built up around it.
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First Canadian Place is too boxy and bland for me. The only thing going for it is that it remains as Canada's tallest skyscraper. For me, the most beautiful skyscraper in TO is the Scotia Plaza. Love its colour and how its shape changes depending on which side/angle you are looking from.



Among its older buildings, I love the Bank of Commerce building which is right across Scotia Plaza.





Its observation deck is decorated with huge art deco faces and offers a great view of downtown.
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For the forumers from NYC, check out New York Towers in North York for true awfulness
Are these just north of the 401? I think I've driven around these, on my way to a Persian restaurant.
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Here in Winnipeg, where I currently live, I think the best skyscrapers are the older ones within the Exchange District. And my most favourite is the Union Bank Tower now Paterson Global Food Institute

2015-07-036
by Kalabaw Travels, on Flickr

Among the new ones, I would say the new True North Square takes the title
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As for the worst, I think it's the Public Safety Building. I mean, just look at this eyesore!


This will be replaced soon though. So since it will be gone, I think the worst would be the Fort Garry Place.



It even has faux Grecian/Roman sculptures!!!! Eeek!


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For Philadelphia, I'll give one vintage and one modern highrise that I love and one that I hate:

LOVE

Vintage: 1616 Walnut. We don't have a ton of Art Deco highrises when put up against comparable cities but the ones that exist are nice.


Graboyes

Modern: Three Logan Square. I will never not love this building.


Brandywine Realty Trust

HATE

Symphony House.

Just...look at it.


Harman Group
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For Philadelphia, I'll give one vintage and one modern highrise that I love and one that I hate:

LOVE

Vintage: 1616 Walnut. We don't have a ton of Art Deco highrises when put up against comparable cities but the ones that exist are nice.


Graboyes

Modern: Three Logan Square. I will never not love this building.


Brandywine Realty Trust

HATE

Symphony House.

Just...look at it.


Harman Group
Symphony House is hideous. Looks like 3 different buildings were pieced together.
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