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Old 06-05-2017, 01:13 PM   #21
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Love it. What is the facade material? Concrete?
Spandrels are precast, mullions are timber.
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Old 06-05-2017, 02:42 PM   #22
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Spandrels are precast, mullions are timber.
Sounds like it's going to be beautiful.
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:09 PM   #23
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The thread is ok. The thread title blows.

Does this board really have supertall fanboys? i don't see the evidence. There was a bit of talk last year about someday maybe getting a [new tallest or supertall] during the runup to 'Accordia Dreaming,' but everyone knows there aren't any good parcels to put a supertall. One member consistently pushed his 'NOT REALLY CLOSE to having a good place to build one' narrative. The same individual debunked Lord and Taylor due to shadows over Copley square a year before the Building Dept clarified there will be no new shadows coming to Copley Square for the rest of eternity. Who was that?

i also suggested a few like 675~775', with maybe a crown topping 875~900'–might be a good high end in proportion to Boston's maturing skyline vs our shrinking options. A few of these would create a great aesthetic over the backdrop of the fat 400~500' White/Flynn/Menino era buildings. Imagine if Accordia was up at 825~875', and everything currently (proposed + approved) was now up, with perhaps, TD Garden and Garden Garage having gone closer to their ideal height to crown all this glorious infill and mid-rise construction.... Considering the scale of Boston's economic might vs historical character–with our gorgeous dense neighborhoods spilling over–i'd call it a wrap.

Right or wrong; to say Boston doesn't have enough height is not an extreme position. If we're honest; it's much in step with current planning. The height phobia and finger pointing by several of the members is laughable. Height where it's being proposed is nominal density and good urban planning.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:57 PM   #24
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Google's new London HQ will be 330 meters long; I am confidant that some will argue it should be 330 meters tall.

Google is currently buying 240 acres in downtown San Jose CA and plans to construct 6 million sq ft. of buildings. Seaport Square has a tenth of the acreage and the planned gsf is about 30 percent larger. 240 acres is more than 3x the size of the Common / Public Garden. Dare I predict some will exclaim, 'What a [NSFW] waste of space!'
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Google should inhabit the seaport.
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Google has 1000 employees in a freshly renovated building complex in Kendall Square. They aren't going anywhere.
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Old 06-13-2017, 10:05 AM   #27
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Just catching up with this thread... Using an example of a mediocre building designed to be relatively low profile in its surrounding context as a counter point to a supertalls is silly. This London thing might as well be underground, maybe better underground.
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Mediocre really? We have very few buildings of this caliber in Boston. This is what The Viola proposal for the Mass Pike Parcel 11 should have been.
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Just catching up with this thread... Using an example of a mediocre building designed to be relatively low profile in its surrounding context as a counter point to a supertalls is silly. This London thing might as well be underground, maybe better underground.
I agree that I don't understand the adulation and glorification of a long, wall-like building. Don't we have enough of those ruining our city? This is like 1-2-3 Plaza with a park on top. Yeah I said it. An insulting subject line and an overrated structure combine to make this thread a FAILURE.
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I agree that I don't understand the adulation and glorification of a long, wall-like building. Don't we have enough of those ruining our city? This is like 1-2-3 Plaza with a park on top. Yeah I said it. An insulting subject line and an overrated structure combine to make this thread a FAILURE.
Center Plaza would be fine if it backed onto a rail ROW, just like this Google HQ does, which you'd notice if you looked at the plans.
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I agree that I don't understand the adulation and glorification of a long, wall-like building.
+1. Nothing convinces me more that I really don't understand aB aesthetics than the widespread enthusiasm for this building. It seems almost comically ugly to me--kind of Soviet gigantism-meets-Houston-corporate park...with a green roof. The comparison with the Viola is apt, I think--that too is pretty deadening and cold but at least it (literally) fills a gap. Not arguing...just musing that I must exist in a completely parallel universe.
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Google has 1000 employees in a freshly renovated building complex in Kendall Square. They aren't going anywhere.
They are always expanding...never underestimate the power of Google.
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Your missing the best one. Oakwood tower is a proposed tower that looks like Tower Verre but made out of wood. It is absolutely incredible. I didnt think it was possible to get better than Tower Verre in a modern high rise and this may not be, but if not its damn close. Check this out, this is truly something special.







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