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Old Posted Feb 14, 2013, 2:18 AM
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YES! Philippe Starck is the hotel's designer : )
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YES! Philippe Starck is the hotel's designer : )
Well, sort of. He designed the original one in L.A., but since he retired, it's probably only in name.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2013, 3:16 AM
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Big doings, this past week on the Pacific Coast. First Wilshire Grand, now this.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2013, 3:56 AM
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Incredible design. Almost a bank of china for Seattle.
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Super excited for this, Seattle already has one of the nation's most beautiful and iconic skylines, and this will only help that.

Question- not to bring everyone down, but maybe the local Seattleites on here can confirm or deny this...which I believe I read somewhere a while back, but cannot be sure if I'm correct:

Isn't it true that after the Columbia Center was completed in 1985, that new legislation was put in place putting new limits on the size of buildings in downtown Seattle, effectively preventing a tower as tall or taller than Columbia from ever being built in the future? I'm wondering, but I hope that's not the case. I'd love to see a 1,000-footer in Seattle's future.
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Reminds me a bit of Robert Stern's Tour Carpe Diem in Paris:

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Old Posted Feb 14, 2013, 4:34 PM
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Super excited for this, Seattle already has one of the nation's most beautiful and iconic skylines, and this will only help that.

Question- not to bring everyone down, but maybe the local Seattleites on here can confirm or deny this...which I believe I read somewhere a while back, but cannot be sure if I'm correct:

Isn't it true that after the Columbia Center was completed in 1985, that new legislation was put in place putting new limits on the size of buildings in downtown Seattle, effectively preventing a tower as tall or taller than Columbia from ever being built in the future? I'm wondering, but I hope that's not the case. I'd love to see a 1,000-footer in Seattle's future.
Soon after the Columbia Center, voters passed a height limit of (IIRC) 485', about half CC's height. The City has chipped away at this. Today, a small area has no height limit, but even that has floor-area-ratio (FAR) limits that preclude another CC. Residential doesn't apply to FAR so maybe that's a way there, but not until housing prices go a lot higher.

Otherwise, we're limited to 500' plus a little room for bonuses, 10% for residential I think. Amazon's three towers and two hotel towers are planned for the 500' zones. We also have a lot of 400' zones, with some residential towers underway resultingly at 440'. Everyone goes to the limit.

Bellevue, our suburban second downtown, is just as bad. They're getting a 450' flat top.
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Soon after the Columbia Center, voters passed a height limit of (IIRC) 485', about half CC's height. The City has chipped away at this. Today, a small area has no height limit, but even that has floor-area-ratio (FAR) limits that preclude another CC. Residential doesn't apply to FAR so maybe that's a way there, but not until housing prices go a lot higher.

Otherwise, we're limited to 500' plus a little room for bonuses, 10% for residential I think. Amazon's three towers and two hotel towers are planned for the 500' zones. We also have a lot of 400' zones, with some residential towers underway resultingly at 440'. Everyone goes to the limit.

Bellevue, our suburban second downtown, is just as bad. They're getting a 450' flat top.
In that case, I suppose we should savor this one.
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Seattle will keep improving in terms of urbanism, but we'll never have a really tall skyline.
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Seattle will keep improving in terms of urbanism, but we'll never have a really tall skyline.
Aww come on now... Seattle is beastly next to Detroit, Baltimore, Phoenix, all cities with larger populations. Even cities like LA, Houston and Atlanta with taller buildings don't have the density that Seattle has. Seattle doesn't need a Burj Khalifa to be a great city.
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Seattle will keep improving in terms of urbanism, but we'll never have a really tall skyline.
If you don't like your skyline, have you considered moving to a larger city with taller buildings?
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2013, 4:55 AM
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Aww come on now... Seattle is beastly next to Detroit, Baltimore, Phoenix, all cities with larger populations. Even cities like LA, Houston and Atlanta with taller buildings don't have the density that Seattle has. Seattle doesn't need a Burj Khalifa to be a great city.
Baltimore? Municipal population isn't relevant. Baltimore is a much smaller city. The other two have extremely small centers for their metro pops.

I didn't suggest that Seattle wasn't a great city, or needed taller towers to be great. That said, it's not great -- only good in my opinion. And moving quickly in the right direction.
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If you don't like your skyline, have you considered moving to a larger city with taller buildings?
What makes you think I don't like our skyline?

As for moving because of the skyline, what an odd idea. Does anyone choose a city based primarily on skyline?
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What makes you think I don't like our skyline?

As for moving because of the skyline, what an odd idea. Does anyone choose a city based primarily on skyline?
Believe it or not, but I have considered such a move myself, but my budget won't allow such an idea.

Some nice suburban towns offer amazing skyline views, depending on location of course.
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YES! Philippe Starck is the hotel's designer : )
I don't get it, how will that make the building better?

By the way, does anyone know how long it took the Egyptians to make the pyramids? I can't believe it took them as long to build them as this thing will take, if it ever gets built.
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Hey Seattle guys has there been any action on this one yet?
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I don't get it, how will that make the building better?

By the way, does anyone know how long it took the Egyptians to make the pyramids? I can't believe it took them as long to build them as this thing will take, if it ever gets built.
If they drastically change the design from the original design, I would love to see the original design shipped down to Portland and built there because this tower would look gorgeous in Portland as their new tallest building.
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A fantastic tower, has it been approved yet? Any site prep?
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