Originally Posted by wwmiv
There is a difference between a JW Marriott Marquis (only in Miami and Dubai), a JW Marriott (46 various hotels worldwide), and the Marriott Marquis (Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, and soon-to-be Washington, D.C.)
Yeah, I read the press release about the JW Marriott Marquis that I posted, so I'm aware of the differences between JW Marriott and JW Marriott Marquis. I'm not as familiar with the "regular" Marriott Marquis because there's only three of them (the 4th in DC is still under construction.)
And speaking of Washington DC, here is the press release and rendering
for that one.
The design that has been shown is pretty consistent with a Marriott Marquis, so I'm not holding my breath for something nicer.
Here's the original 2007 rendering that was posted on Houstonarchitecture.com.
The same rending in a smaller version is also on Emporis
and apparently was provided by HOK (who incidentally designed the JW Marriott in Indianapolis
and is also a White Lodging property.
HOK was also the architect of the Omni Convention Center Hotel in Fort Worth
It just seems odd to me that an architect would design two very nice convention center hotels in two other cities, and then give us this monstrosity for our convention center hotel - on Congress Avenue, no less. Congress is supposed to be Austin's "grand" avenue, not Austin's "bland" avenue.
The point I was trying to make earlier was that - to me - it looks like all they did was make that tallest tower from the 2007 version "L-shaped" and plopped it on a base simply to show where the tower portion would be in relation to the base in this latest rendering that we've seen.
I've seen more than one rendering that ended up not looking at all like the finished project.
Anyone remember the rendering of that beautiful, greenery-draped parking garage attached to the Texas Monthly Building? Well, the garage got built but I still don't see any hanging greenery (and most likely never will.)
Or how about the boutique hotel at 416 Congress? The first rendering wasn't very detailed and the building wasn't very tall. The second rendering showed more detail and the building was much taller.
Also, this newest rendering was released before news of the second convention center hotel. White Lodging may have to upgrade their design if they want to compete with the Manchester Financial Group project.
Heck, when Major Littlefield found out that the Scarbrough Building was going to be taller than his, he changed the design of the Littlefield Building to add an additional two floors.
Designs can (and do) change and that's been happening for 100 years.
So I'm going to hold my breath (and cross my fingers) a little while longer.