Originally Posted by austintexas
I think the scheme and master plan are great but I have a real problem with the design aesthetic. Austin prides itself on being local and having its own voice while being rooted in the Texas vernacular. Many of Runas "trendy" architectural moves can be seen across the global by architects like Zaha and Michael Maltzan. The park doesn't need the curves at every surface or techno graphic skylights and openings. This is Austin not Dubai or Berlin.
As an Austinite for over 20 years I hate to see our new buildings taking on an international style. The last thing anyone wants is to turn our city into Dallas. Lets keep our strong local voice strong.
Completely respect your point of view, but I am affraid I disagee. I like it. . Do i think it's ground breaking: no. It is derivitive? Perhpas a bit. But a style I like and I would like to see more of. I wish it went further.... but this seems like a good balance between style and cost. I simply see it as a breath of fresh air to our sometimes over "warm and fuzzy" point of view. Which , for me, has kept much of our architecture and bit dull. I welcome the variety. It has an exhuberance and movement to it that I find fun. For a town that prides itself on creativity.... I would like to see more in our architecture.
Result: It's a plus for me. (not that it's a compition.... just for perspective... resident for 25 years, )