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Old Posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:57 PM
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Asheville's tallest getting converted to hotel/residential

Asheville's tallest building, the 50 year old BB&T building, is getting converted into hotel/condos with two restaurants. It will get all new cladding. The residential portion is already 25% reserved as of this past fall.

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A couple other designs that have floated around:





Details: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/n...ment/90806516/
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That's pretty impressive.
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I'm excited about this! What a beautiful building it will be!!
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I've waited a long time for this. This building has been the turd in the punchbowl.
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Has this started yet? Or any news on when it will?
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Has this started yet? Or any news on when it will?
Well underway. This photo is from the first week of June:


Source: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/n...ons/358429001/

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Once completed in mid- to late-2018, downtown's tallest building, to be called the Arras, will boast 54 condominiums and a 128-room boutique hotel, as well as retail space on onsite parking. The total cost of the project will be about $46 million.
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Well underway. This photo is from the first week of June:


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Wow!!
It's well underway!! Exciting! Really going strong since I was there this past December.
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I was there to visit my parents, recently. They had all of the cladding removed, except for the mechanical/equipment floor. I was surprised to see so much work completed! I'm guessing all of the cladding is likely removed by now?

As someone who grew-up in Asheville, I'm not sure how I feel about this. It was a good example of the International Style. Architect Gene Whittington was inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe. It's based on Mies' One Charles Center in Baltimore. I have a few color slides I found of it, under construction. It's interesting to see the skeleton without the cladding, in person. If you go to the site and see it up-close, the floor plates have notches in them, for the cladding they are removing. I am concerned about the quality (tacky) of the redesign, but maybe this will look better than the renderings? With the addition on the roof, this will become Asheville's tallest.

Compare to One Charles Center by Mies van der Rohe: http://www.onecharlescenter.com

It's interesting to see Post Modernism return to popularity, again.
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