Architecture Still Tacoma
posted by December 28 at 14:21 PMon
Early this morning, for the sake of impressing Jen Graves, I resolved to write at least one nice thing about Tacoma by the end of the day. I decided that this act of kindness would take the form of praise for its relatively new convention center, Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, which was designed by the Bellevue-based MulvannyG2 Architecture, a firm that’s receiving a lot of work from China.
I looked and looked at the building but failed to find anything about it that moved me. All that seems to be there, all that I could see, is a building trying too hard not to be Tacoma. It keeps saying (no, yelling) this: If you thought Tacoma was about old buildings and its faded history, then look at me—I’m a slick future of sensual steel and glass… But let me stop right there. I shouldn’t say something bad about Tacoma on the very day that I resolved to do the opposite.