With a building as eye-catching as this one, it’s quite difficult to imagine a rationale behind adding graphics to the exterior glass windows—like children’s drawings, or some vague gesture toward “street art”—which looks both kitschy and unnecessary.
After all, the graphics-free windows look fantastic—but c’est la vie.
Successfully, to my mind—based entirely on a scan of some photographs on the internet—the colored exterior glass works not only to vivify the building’s urban site but to bring a constantly changing series of hues, like a colored bar code, onto the interior walkways. I would love to see this place lit from within at night, a sight the available photographs don’t offer.
Anyway, the building looks cool; that’s about all I have to say. I will add, however, that I’m struck by how extraordinarily better the actual, constructed building is, compared to its rendering, seen below.
All the more evidence that rejecting (or embracing) a building’s outward formal characteristics on the basis of renderings is not necessarily a good idea.
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