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tujunga Sep 18, 2008 3:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280 (Post 3561817)
I have to agree with Alliance on this one? What is so great about this tower, it has very little detailing, is a bland and boring color, has a forgettable form/outline, why do so many of you like it? I would probably take 50% of the buildings of any height in Chicago and New York to this boring thing...

I'm not saying that its ugly, just that its forgettable, its boring, I just see it as decent. I'm gonna get flamed for saying this, but in any other major skyline (NY,Chi,HK,Singapore) this building would be nice filler for the larger supertalls. In fact, speaking of HK, this thing looks like a lot of the bland residential filler they have there...

It's not the tower it's how it's complimented in the skyline as the "stud" tower. NY and Chicago has this mess of towers all over the place where as the Library tower has this iconic place in the middle of the other towers and they appear to be worshiping the Library tower. That's why film making like to use this tower it movies. NY and Chicago have many great building and that seem to take away from the greatness any one of them.

I too think the logo should come off. Maybe US bank will be the next to go under.

Patrick Sep 18, 2008 4:28 AM

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Originally Posted by tujunga (Post 3807098)
It's not the tower it's how it's complimented in the skyline as the "stud" tower. NY and Chicago has this mess of towers all over the place where as the Library tower has this iconic place in the middle of the other towers and they appear to be worshiping the Library tower. That's why film making like to use this tower it movies. NY and Chicago have many great building and that seem to take away from the greatness any one of them.

I too think the logo should come off. Maybe US bank will be the next to go under.

Ah, perfect description. I really do fear the day the tower is overshadowed by another, I dont think any other building can "crown" LA's skyline like the Library Tower has done.

http://delivery.photolibrary.com/usp...%26%2CY4%20%0A

One of mine from 2005:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...800px-LA05.jpg

Wrightguy0 Sep 18, 2008 10:58 AM

It does look as though all of downtown was built around this tower.

JDRCRASH Sep 18, 2008 6:56 PM

^It sounds strange, but giving the tower a circular form probably contributed to that.

America 117 Sep 19, 2008 1:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Austin55 (Post 3797907)
Yes,Comerica kinda ruined Chase Tower in dallas with its logo,its not to bad though,really we just like sticking it in Detriots Face:)

Once again,I love this tower.

Oh thank you.

As someone who lives in metro detroit.

Im glad it destroyed your precious little tower !:D

centralcali19 Sep 19, 2008 4:01 AM

Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280
I have to agree with Alliance on this one? What is so great about this tower, it has very little detailing, is a bland and boring color, has a forgettable form/outline, why do so many of you like it? I would probably take 50% of the buildings of any height in Chicago and New York to this boring thing...

I'm not saying that its ugly, just that its forgettable, its boring, I just see it as decent. I'm gonna get flamed for saying this, but in any other major skyline (NY,Chi,HK,Singapore) this building would be nice filler for the larger supertalls. In fact, speaking of HK, this thing looks like a lot of the bland residential filler they have there...

hhmm? i think you went kind of far with this statement, HK has lots of ugly bland commie blocks...cant compare the Library Tower to those...Library Tower is not the best looking tower out there, but way better than some HK buildings.

Austin55 Sep 19, 2008 11:03 PM

A117-Tthe smiley face was was a sarcastic sighn, we love our friends in Detriot here :)

Great pictures Patrick :tup:

Patrick Sep 29, 2008 2:32 AM

Rare shots of it u/c in 1989, as you can see it wasnt completed in 1988.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1375/...f1b99f63_b.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1290/...9dd7dc6b_b.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1413/...3ed62daa_b.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1330/...a4ab0cf2_b.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1374/...098163be_b.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/138/3...4dea46a8_o.jpg

Fabb Sep 29, 2008 5:43 AM

Interesting photos.
That was an crutial moment for the image of the LA skyline.

Metro Matt Oct 6, 2008 7:44 AM

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Originally Posted by JDRCRASH (Post 3563402)
Jodelli, that is exactly why I want the height increased. But if it was, then I could see why having a sign on the first crown wouldn't look great.

I've always thought this building in Singapore bears a strong resemblance except of course its squared off instead of mostly rounded.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...re_skyline.JPG

innov8 Oct 6, 2008 11:56 PM

^ I don't see any resemblance at all. How can a circular shaped building look
like a square building? The Library Tower's got soft edges and blue glass,
those above do not.

Aleks Oct 7, 2008 4:45 AM

Metro Matt-I do too. I saw it a while back too. They're not the same obviously but the resemblance is pretty noticeable.

Metro Matt Oct 7, 2008 4:55 AM

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Originally Posted by innov8 (Post 3842868)
^ I don't see any resemblance at all. How can a circular shaped building look
like a square building? The Library Tower's got soft edges and blue glass,
those above do not.


Obviously what I said went completely over your head....:shrug:

innov8 Oct 8, 2008 4:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Metro Matt (Post 3843286)
Obviously what I said went completely over your head....:shrug:

Yeah, I guess so... please explain.

giallo Oct 8, 2008 4:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Metro Matt (Post 3841592)
I've always thought this building in Singapore bears a strong resemblance except of course its squared off instead of mostly rounded.

I've always thought that as well. I do give the edge to Singapore's building though.

XLucky4LifeX Jun 10, 2009 6:17 AM

Actually, Singapore's skyline looks a lot like LA's.
I always thought the same way as Metro Matt, and those two buildings look as if they were cousins or related or something.
Ex-the top as the crown.
And the building behind that "LibraryTower's Cousin" reminds me of Figueroa At Wilshire. They both have the same top and lit the same, with the same color and kinda the same body.
Their colors are pretty much the same as LA's.
Another thing is that, their main skyline is small.
And last, their skyline is crowded with their tallest buildings.

trcsooner Feb 16, 2010 7:50 PM

Here's a very informative article on the building.

http://books.google.com/books?id=xF0...own%3F&f=false

TheRealRocWill Feb 17, 2010 11:35 PM

Like many have said before, this building just fits into the LA skyline. My favorite view of this building is when im driving on the 101 coming from the valley and around the Hollywood Blvd exit or so you get your first glimpse of downtown LA and the library tower sits directly in the middle as the crown jewel.

jowens Feb 18, 2010 1:08 AM

I've always been fond of this tower along with its half-sister, the United Overseas Bank Plaza building in Singapore.

Tex17 Apr 17, 2010 8:53 PM

An absolute gem. I just love the window fenestrations, the way the greenish glass contrasts the light beige facade. And all the little interesting points and angles. :tup:


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