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gah... trading one short-sighted architectural fad for another... I actually prefer the older facade, it's at least got more logical order.
i completely agree. this new type or achitecture will be bashed in 30 years time as well. i prefer the current old facade myself. it just needs to be fixed up, repainted, etc. im just not one for the weird angles and the 'shards of glass' look in buildings.

edit* but i will add, that the inside willbe much nicer with the natural sunlight from the new design. so who knows.
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Now I have to disagree....I really like these buildings. Why do you dislike them so much ?
Rather than going all out brutalist-slab-of-concrete (think: nearby Millenium Centre), it goes soft on you. those penthouses on top. those spires. It's the worst kind of PoMo imaginable.
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Place Bonaventure. Once the second largest commercial building in the world (second only to Chicago's Merchandise Mart)
I have to disagree. This is a pretty amazing structure. Perhaps it isn't good looking at all, but it is a significant building for it's architecture, and the the underlying concept.
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Old Posted Nov 2, 2006, 10:42 PM
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thats not to bad if only they cleaned it and umm aded some more windows to it...
In fact they did a few years ago. I don't have a recent pic of it. Somebody will surely post one...
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On a bit of a lesser scale, this apartment in Calgary's inner-city has a probably the worst view ever and the building looks like it's turned sideways. On the right, out of the picture, a low-rise office building is situated right up against the building.

I've always felt sorry for whoever lives here.

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Let's see someone beat THIS!

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There's honestly buildings I hate more than this complex though.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2006, 8:03 PM
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/\ Oh god. That must have been the architects equivalent of a suicide note.
Poor poor Minni
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Let's see someone beat THIS!


trade you Nexen and The Calgary Tower for that.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2006, 8:24 PM
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/\ Nexen is beautiful.
The Calgary tower is a beast I agree.
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Saskatoons best example. Sturdy Stone Centre. There is parking above the ground floor 3-4 levels. Then offices above.

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There's honestly buildings I hate more than this complex though.
Is that where Mary Tyler Moore's second apartment was in the show?
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Old Posted Nov 4, 2006, 5:44 AM
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I like those building in mpls. They're soooo ugly, that they look great.

And whats even better, there seems to be a dozen of them!
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trade you Nexen and The Calgary Tower for that.
Haha, assuming they don't take up some 50 odd acres like the ESP does then we have a deal!
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I like those building in mpls. They're soooo ugly, that they look great.

And whats even better, there seems to be a dozen of them!
I actually agree!
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hey, i like empire center.

wanna see ugly? how 'bout this monstrosity smiling at you everyday as you commute into town?


mercer tower 1

a twin is supposed to be built eventually.
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hey, i like empire center.

wanna see ugly? how 'bout this monstrosity smiling at you everyday as you commute into town?


mercer tower 1

a twin is supposed to be built eventually.
Wow, what a shit box! - how old is this building?
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Let's see someone beat THIS!

Why Why Why???? For the love of God why?
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You are right about the Minneapolis complex...Mary Tyler Moore did live there!! It was built as a mixed development and then tended to become more geared toward lower income people and now is a huge mecca for immigrants.

On a side note...the architect behind the complex is Ralph Rapson, who is still alive today (age 92 and still practicing), is the chair of the Architecture Department at University of Minnesota and has the Architecture school named for him.

He did design the original Guthrie Theatre:

Which is being torn down soon to expand the sculpture gardens...
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Wow, what a shit box! - how old is this building?
Believe it or not the Mercer is new, and they plan on building a twin. It's in Houston.
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