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Old Posted Jun 11, 2008, 8:43 PM
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DALLAS | Fountain Place | 720 FT / 219 M | 62 FLOORS | 1986

Arguably one of the most distinctive towers built in the US in the 1980's and a particular favorite on the Dallas skyline, Fountain Place is a pure exercise in the skyscraper as a geometric sculpture. A slick, clean reflective curtain wall wraps a rectangular prism that is sliced and diced into a pointed parallelogram.

Henry Cobb of PeiCobbFreed esstentially took the geometric exploration he undertook in Boston with John Hancock and brought it to an entirely different level. The resultant shape is absolutely unforgettable and the sheer curtain of glass exudes the building's geometrical purity.

The cutting out of the base (following the form above) and sitting the tower on water results in a highly shaded wonderful pedestrian experience (a novelty in downtown Dallas).

The original proposal was for two of these towers (like so many 80's energy belt proposals) set 90 degrees from one another. I'm SO glad the 2nd tower didn't get built. It would have altered the uniqueness of this tower significantly.

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The building was originally called the Allied Bank Tower (later on First Interstate Bank and now Wells Fargo).

I had a little photographic sex with this building in March, but I know that there are a number of exceptional photographers in Dallas. Please! Share more photos of this building!

























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Old Posted Jun 11, 2008, 9:38 PM
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Awesome! I love that base, with all the water. It really is too bad that the twin tower didn't get built, that would have absolutely rocked.

I think Fountain Place is probably my favourite skyscraper in Texas.
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I'm not a fan. Especially the top looks awkward to me.
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Old Posted Jun 11, 2008, 10:44 PM
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I contemplated for hours whether I would start a thread for this or BOA.

Anyway, soon as I get the computer up I'll post some more pictures.

This thing is sexyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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I really like this building too!
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Old Posted Jun 13, 2008, 12:15 AM
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I absolutely adore this building. Part of me would have liked to have seen the twin built as well.
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This is also one my favorite buildings in Dallas (JP Morgan Chase in my #1 fave), but I like this one too. I like to call it "The Rocket".
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an 80's classic. agreed, it's better as a standalone.
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Old Posted Sep 19, 2008, 5:29 AM
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It's hideous.
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Old Posted Sep 19, 2008, 10:04 AM
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Bulky yet beautiful - a giant glass paperweight or awards statuette. One of my favourite skyscrapers in the US.
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Really nice design.
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