You think the reason all the buildings downtown are condos is because the the city's business tax is so high that no one wants to move into offices in the city?
I think it looks cool, and it's an indication we're learning the right lessons from Vancouver: build unobtrusive density and don't fall into the predictable pattern of aqua glass-and-steel sameness. Yeah, I can't afford it, but I'd rather have execs and lawyers living close to their jobs downtown than commuting from Newcastle. Plus with more political heavies living in downtown the momentum for better transit and neighborhood amenities will increase.
I can't really tell what I'm looking at here. Can you post a link to a higher resolution photo? Despite all the nasty things I've said about your graduate education? Thanks in advance.
Odd... for once I agree with a Mudede assessment. I too have been watching this install but wondering... a random pattern or are the workers following a plan? And if a plan, what is the end result? To make it look like random, unpatterned blocks of color, or is it still too incomplete to embolden the pattern?
Whimsy is a positive thing. We don't need another boring steel and glass penis.
I have been watching it develop outside my office window. I have to say, I really like it. More so than the other side of the building, in fact. Bring on the color and whimsy! Seattle's office tower architecture is by and large D-U-L-L! Unfortunately, the colors are better viewed up close though, so it's difficult to see the detail from a distance.
Next I'm going to try to decode the formula for the pattern. Is it truly random?
Seattle's office AND residential tower development is DULL!
True, very dull.
We need to make cool stuff like Vancouver does.
charles, i don't think you were in Murka for the blue-and-white glass tile era.
this looks great. how would you have articulated that wall better? compare it to the new hotel on 1st, which looks like shite, or worse, the crap "apache" art hanging off the tower at the north end of Qwest Field.
With Seattle's dismal grey for 8 months of the year, it would be nice to see a lot more color in our architecture. Yay for color and whimsy!
But then, I want every architect in the city to try to incorporate some surreality into their works...
I agree we need more color and architectural diversity.
It's weird that Seattle people totally piss themselves when a building goes up that's neither a glass box nor a Craftsman bungalow.
Charles, soullessness has to come from within. You cannot force or manufacture soullessness. Creating buildings that mimic the forms of soullessness is inadequate. So you bolt on some whimsy, and create a new kind of soullessness, which will only be fully revealed in the future.
Show me the piss!
As much as i love you Mudede, you have the architectural taste of Ayn Rand. Glass and cement boxes for the sake of boxiness, and any decorative flourish is a cowardly affront to the vision of modernity
I assume the color is there to break the monotony. It seems to be working to that effect. Nice.
Believe me once you have hundreds of nondescript green glass condo towers built in Seattle then you will understand why it is important to have something distinct on some of them. Cheap towers usually are boring but sell well so lots will be built.
Thanks, yowza. I kind of like it. I like how it fades to indeterminateness with distance, yet the color choices are very complimentary up close. Before I saw the large image, I thought it might be a little to retro-60's-ish, but this seems to work pretty well...
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