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Posted by Skip | May 16, 2008 11:33 AM

hhhey possible nephew

Posted by Buster Bluth | May 16, 2008 11:35 AM

Charles, I agree...his ouvre doesn't send me any overarching message (though it's certainly not crap), but this work is amazing.

@1 -- What are you banging on about? It's Holl, as Charles wrote.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 16, 2008 11:38 AM

Holl specializes in buildings that are intended to enchant in photographs, or from a million miles away. They are not, however, intended to serve useful functions in well-knit urban environments. Notice here the vast amount of vibrant street life and community.

More than half of the area of downtown Kansas City is surface parking or street -- featureless asphalt. Charming, I'm sure.

Posted by Fnarf | May 16, 2008 11:39 AM

How come there's no hot girl in the pic?

Posted by D | May 16, 2008 11:39 AM

@5 -- She's in there, you can bet -- fingering herself in front of the Thomas Hart Bentons.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 16, 2008 11:51 AM

@4 -- Fnarf, please, settle down...the Atkins is in the midst of a large park, across the river from downtown. It's not meant to be woven into anything other than the building to which it adheres.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 16, 2008 11:54 AM

Charles, you linked to the photo! You are my new hero.

Posted by Uncle Vinny | May 16, 2008 11:57 AM

The people of KC are very proud of that building. If it pleases them it should be counted as a success since they have to live with it.

Posted by inkweary | May 16, 2008 12:00 PM

Hmmm, large park, what was I going to say ... oh, I know ... nifty!

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 16, 2008 12:06 PM

I was just there a few weeks ago. That addition is completely at odds with the original Nelson-Atkins, and it's pretty jarring. I say it's a failure, though this pic of it is amazing.

Posted by NaFun | May 16, 2008 12:12 PM

@7, I am opposed to large parks.

Posted by Fnarf | May 16, 2008 12:42 PM

Where do you have your public sex?

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 16, 2008 12:56 PM

So how are you supposed to get into the thing, swim?

Posted by keshmeshi | May 16, 2008 1:18 PM

@12 - we know. I am opposed to squirrels pelting you with nuts from trees in large parks, on the grounds that it's a waste of good nuts.

Mr. Poe, the reflecting pool is great for public sex, at night, when they turn the lights down low ... but avoid the squirrels, they're all carrying mange.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 16, 2008 2:02 PM

Keshmeshi, it's KC. There's a 20,000 car parking lot on the other side of it.

Posted by Fnarf | May 16, 2008 4:53 PM
Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 16, 2008 5:53 PM

actually, you are looking at the parking garage. it's under the water, and one may view the sky through the water via those white openings. seeing the plans before they began i was quite afraid, but it all works much better than i ever thought it would.

Posted by balustrade | May 19, 2008 5:54 PM

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