Originally Posted by Steely Dan
Is this building mostly remarkable just for it's extreme height and highly visible location, or is there that extra special something going on here?
Nothing revolutionary, just a Zelig that serves the site and broader context well. To my eye the most revealing aspect is the effect on Mies work. The IBM building finally has a partner it can muscle up against. Bertrand's towers contrast well but don't bring the testosterone and the Sun Times looked like it already had been stomped by its neighbor.
I suppose the additional height still could muck it up but I can't see it.
I do have concern that the bad winter wind at State and the river will be turned it into a flash freezer with the addition of a super tall.
That gold screams 1982. One of those beasts is hard on the cloverleaf at 90/290 in Schaumburg. Burn out your retinas in the summer afternoon rush. Of course the all time gold plated s&^t box is Oral's God awful tower in Tulsa. I believe the architectural style is known as "Bling".