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Old Posted Mar 14, 2018, 3:30 PM
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I really like the opaque glass. Usually these buildings have such a saran wrap effect and this helps downplay that. It also enhances the verticality of the tower on its wider side.
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2018, 7:21 PM
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I still don't like the opaque windows. Why even put them there. There are no columns behind them. Waste of a view in my opinion. Even if that is the divider between rooms the wall would never be that thick. I really liked this building until those windows...they really bug me.
The heat pumps are behind the spandrel glass along with the demising walls either between units or between the living room and bedroom.
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:22 PM
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Of course I understand the functionality of what we architects usually call 'spandrel glass' whether it is in the spandrel itself, or concealing structure or HVAC, or simply reducing the amount of vision glass as a cost-saving measure (notice here that only the eastern rooms and corner rooms have floor-to-ceiling vision glass). What is unusual here is that one would typically 'paint' the back of the glass spandrels a darker color to more closely mimic the shade of the glass as it appears without any backing...

Unfortunately, I suspect that it is somewhat of a mistake since it does not necessarily appear as an intended pattern... time will tell.
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:48 PM
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Hrm. Not sure how I feel yet about the "spandrel glass". I feel that having the transparent blue glass wrapped all around the building would look better, but I'll defer judgement until the building is further along in its construction.

Either way, I am still pleased with the way its turning out. It certainly has been a surprise hit so far.
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Finally stopped by the Essesx project today after a client meeting. This is going to look great once trees start popping buds.







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Agreed. . . this is turning out to be quite nice. . .

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I love it.
     
     
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Slick. it’s so strange to see density behind the monument from the famous DNC riot.
     
     
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Slick. it’s so strange to see density behind the monument from the famous DNC riot.
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Looks like they’re only 4 floors above the first column setback, which means about 24 floors remaining. Still a lot of building left to go!
     
     
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Yes, this is a photo of a tv, but Essex is about to block Sears in one of the traditional skyline shots.
     
     
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That Ebony Jet building needs an update really bad... it's hideous, I'm sorry!
     
     
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Im not a fan of it either but I think its landmarked in some way, but I could be wrong. Careful, I think the brutalism fans like this one. I dont know if thats the right terminology but I think that one is in the same ballpark as 55 wacker? I'm probably wrong but I enjoy learning more each time I read here. Hilton has got to build a tower behind it. Pretty please?
     
     
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Yeah it’s brutalism, and even if you don’t like it it’s worth preserving bc it throws this new glass tower into stark relief. And even on its own, it’s a handsome little design.
     
     
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It's modernist for sure, but I don't see how it's brutalist. I thought it was covered in stone paneling, not exposed concrete.
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The view of both Parks (One Grant and Essex on the) from a little farther north:

     
     
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It's modernist for sure, but I don't see how it's brutalist. I thought it was covered in stone paneling, not exposed concrete.
I definitely see modernism here too but then again brutalism is its descendant. Now i'm sort of on the fence. I don't think brutalism actually requires exposed concrete though. For me it's enough to look bunker like and have the exposed structure massively expressive. And we definitely see that here. It would be really cool if this were proto-brutalism, like the patty smith of that genre.
     
     
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The green tint is much needed down there
     
     
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