Architecture Just Odd
posted by June 22 at 10:55 AMon
The remarkable thing about the condominium under construction across the street from the Seattle Central Library is not that it’s striving for LEED-Gold certification, or that it’s the first of what in the future will be many “tall skinny” towers in the financial district, or that the price of the penthouses on its 24th floor range from $1,895,000 to $2,600,000. What’s remarkable is this:
Designed by Ruffcorn Mott Hinthorne Stine, a firm that’s part of the ambitious Stadium West and East project, this colorfully tiled wall on the south facade articulates, according to floor plans, the area along which two elevators will service 5th and Madison when its completed in August. The big question is this: Why did the architects choose something that opposes, that works against, that almost undoes the modernistic sleekness of the tower? Most of 5th and Madison appears to be rational (the best type of architecture—or ecotecture), and this considerable confusion of tiles appears to be so whimsical. It’s not entirely bad, just remarkably odd.