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Old Posted Nov 8, 2018, 7:01 PM
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I couldn't agree more! Love the frost tower but so far the garage is a bit of a let down. It looked more promising in the renderings.
I agree. I wonder if the glass had been a bit less translucent (more "frosted") or if it had a very soft color, would it "read" better. In your third photo of the garage, the glass actually gets lost so much that you have to look hard to delineate it from the concrete beams.
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2018, 7:17 PM
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I agree. I wonder if the glass had been a bit less translucent (more "frosted") or if it had a very soft color, would it "read" better. In your third photo of the garage, the glass actually gets lost so much that you have to look hard to delineate it from the concrete beams.
Yes, exactly. Garages are unattractive but are a necessity so it is key that the structure be dressed up as much as possible to hide the skeleton and to also compliment the tower in this case.

I understand it's just a rendering and that the construction of the garage isn't complete yet, but this is what I was expecting. So far i'm not seeing it and it doesn't look like they were going with the glass panels here..or maybe they were but they would of been more reflective than transparent and slimmer..

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This is an example of how the Frost Tower could have retained its shape and design with the parking garage included in the height of the design. I previously believed the new Frost Tower could not have had both in preserving its shape, especially at ground level facing N. Flores Street. I feel as more time goes by that the Frost Tower is going to become exemplified as what future developments (if any of this scale) should not do and what can be done to better the downtown skyline of San Antonio. Of recent, the garage has by far been the biggest disappointment, making this altogether project a "okay, we got it, let's move on" development. When walking around the tower at ground level, one gets the feel of concrete and missed opportunities, a feeling that is not one you should have when being close to two parks on both ends of the Tower.


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Definitely a great addition to the skyline, but it could (and should) have been two or three stories taller.


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This is an example of how the Frost Tower could have retained its shape and design with the parking garage included in the height of the design. I previously believed the new Frost Tower could not have had both in preserving its shape, especially at ground level facing N. Flores Street. I feel as more time goes by that the Frost Tower is going to become exemplified as what future developments (if any of this scale) should not do and what can be done to better the downtown skyline of San Antonio. Of recent, the garage has by far been the biggest disappointment, making this altogether project a "okay, we got it, let's move on" development. When walking around the tower at ground level, one gets the feel of concrete and missed opportunities, a feeling that is not one you should have when being close to two parks on both ends of the Tower.


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This was a good example, would it have been possible to have a garage at the base of the tower in shape of the tower itself? We will never know..
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Definitely a great addition to the skyline, but it could (and should) have been two or three stories taller.


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Definitely a great addition to the skyline, but it could (and should) have been two or three stories taller.


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Architecturally/aesthetically I agree. But it was a pretty unproven market at the time, with it being the most expensive office space in town and what not, so keeping it on the shorter side was a reasonable hedge imo. I heard earlier this week that they're doing pretty good getting it leased up (I think they said 2/3rds leased, I don't have any details though).
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The Frost building is the best thing going (IMO), but it looks lonely. We definitely need to build it some glass friends!
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It looks great, but as always (and I say this about almost every building), I wish it was taller. With this design especially, though, I really wish it was taller. It's such a great looking building. I'm still wishing they had either put the parking below grade or had it under the tower to give it some more height. If they had put all of the parking levels under the tower, they likely could have added another 120 feet or so pushing it past 600 feet. It would have been about 10 feet shy of the roof of the Tower of the Americas then. Still, it's a great design. The only reason I wish it was taller is because of how good it is.

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This was a good example, would it have been possible to have a garage at the base of the tower in shape of the tower itself? We will never know..
Of course, they could have. There are plenty of round shaped buildings with round parking garages.

For me, the most notable one has always been Chicago's Marina City Towers.

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^^ The gradual curve would be perfect for the ramps anyway.

My problem with the garage is that it's precast concrete with some thin slabs of glass attached. It looks nothing like the tower and everything like a precast concrete parking garage with some thin slabs of glass attached.



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