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bobbyv Jul 28, 2016 6:21 PM

If you could add 5 towers to your skyline.....
The catch is all 5 have to be from different cities in the U.S.

For Seattle I would add:

Atlanta's BOA tower
New York's Woolworth tower
Chicago's Hancock tower
Houston's Pennzoil center
Detroit's One Detroit Center

mhays Jul 28, 2016 7:52 PM

Mine for Seattle would all be tall residentials. I don't know which ones.

Steely Dan Jul 28, 2016 8:18 PM

for chicago:

1. ESB - NYC
2. terminal tower - cleveland
3. US steel - pittsburgh
4. columbia center - seattle
5. transamerica pyramid - san francisco

i tried to keep this geared towards taller towers (that i really admire) that would still be able to have some kind of a presence on chicago's mighty skyline.

there are craploads of shorter skyscrapers around the coutnry that i would love to have in chicago too, but i answered this more as a "skyline enhancement" exercise, and in chicago's case, that means towers that are at least 750' tall.

1Boston Jul 28, 2016 8:47 PM

For Boston

45 East 22ave in NYC

Columbia Center in Seattle

BofA center in Houston

150 North Riverside in Chicago

One Atlantic Center in Atlanta

Tried to go with relatively newer buildings that wouldn't completely overtake boston's own skyline.

Reverberation Jul 29, 2016 2:56 PM

For Houston:

1 - China Resources HQ from Shenzen:

2 - The Pinnacle from London:

3 - One One One Eagle Street from Brisbane:

4 - Bank of America Tower from New York:

5 - Soleil Apartments from Brisbane:

UPChicago Jul 29, 2016 3:43 PM

For Chicago

- Shanghai Tower to replace Thompson Center
- Suzhou Center for the Spire Site
- Tower Verre at Roosevelt & Wabash
- 181 Fremont in the South Loop
- L Tower near McCormick

Centropolis Jul 29, 2016 4:18 PM

i don't really care about skyline, but i'd add some central park streetwall to augment the east or west end of forest park in st. louis.

dave8721 Jul 29, 2016 5:00 PM

We could use 5 office towers.

fflint Jul 29, 2016 5:38 PM

I love this game. For San Francisco:

Jin Mao Tower (Shanghai)
Fountain Place (Dallas)
Mercantile Building/10 E. 40th St. (New York)
Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Chrysler Building (New York)

MolsonExport Jul 29, 2016 5:40 PM

1) Chrysler Building (NYC)
2) Empire State Building (NYC)
3) Woolworth Building (NYC)
4) Bank of China Tower (HK)
5) 20 Exchange Place (NYC)

nergie Jul 29, 2016 5:56 PM

For Chicago

(1) IFC Hong Kong for Spire Site
(2) Bank of China Hong Kong for Thompson Center
(3) Shanghi World Financial Center for Wolf Point
(4) Tokyo City Hall in Shinjuku to extend Skyline further west
(5 is a tie) The Shard, Penzoil Building In Houston, Hudson Yards corset building

pico44 Jul 29, 2016 6:38 PM


US Steel - Pittsburgh
Daley Center - Chicago
Lloyds - London
HSBC - Hong Kong
Water and Power - Los Angeles

plinko Jul 29, 2016 7:26 PM

This is really tough. I almost want to add 5 per era! I will leave it to built structures, not even those under construction (which would change my list)

I will do LA, since it's the nearest major skyline to me.

Petronas (somewhere down towards the 10 in South Park)
Jin Mao (over by Chinatown)
Pearl River Tower (fronting FIDM park space)
70 Pine Street (somewhere on Broadway or Main)
Landmark Tower (Little Tokyo)

volguus zildrohar Jul 29, 2016 8:12 PM

Philadelphia's skyline doesn't have enough Art Deco and quality masonry so...

In no particular order...

1) 111 Westminster (Providence, RI, USA)

2) Gulf Tower (Pittsbrgh, PA, USA)

3) CitySpire Center (New York, NY, USA)

Stephen Wilcox/Flickr

4) Scotia Plaza (Toronto, ON, CA)

5) Gas Company Tower (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

chris08876 Jul 29, 2016 11:47 PM

For NY:

1) Sears Tower (I'd place it on 5th Ave near 432 park)
2) Ping Centre (From Shenzhen; I'd place it in Hudson Yards)
3) International Commerce Center (From Hong Kong, I'd place it in DoBro)
4) Bank of China Tower (I'd place it right where 2 WTC should rise)
5) Oriental Pearl Tower (I'd place it right on Battery Park)


Interesting how a lot of us dig towers from HK. Truly some fantastic architecture there.

Amanita Jul 30, 2016 7:20 PM

For Halifax, Nova Scotia, I'd love to make the height-phobic NIMBYs scream!

NYC- One Penn Plaza. (OMG the NIMBY shrieks would be epic, it's HUGE)
San Francisco- 50 Fremont (I can't help it, it's a cutie)
Dubai- The Address Downtown Dubai
Toronto- First Canadian Place
Dallas- Fountain Place

Steely Dan Jul 30, 2016 7:31 PM

We really are a society of title readers only.

Only two posters have followed the OP's stipulations so far.

nergie Jul 30, 2016 7:48 PM


Originally Posted by Steely Dan (Post 7517412)
We really are a society of title readers only.

Only two posters have followed the OP's stipulations so far.

Indeed, the bldgs were supposed to be from diff cities

DrNest Jul 31, 2016 12:30 AM

To Toronto I would add:

1) Library Tower - LA
2) John Hancock Tower - Chicago
3) John Hancock Tower - Boston
4) Columbia Center - Seattle
5) XYZ Buildings - NYC (I know technically these are three buildings, but I count them as one)

I do love this thought exercise. I've often longed for an app or PC program that can generate a skyline with other buildings from various cities added in grid. I appreciate this can be done with PaintShop, but I would like a click and drag version for simplicity's sake.

Jasoncw Jul 31, 2016 1:41 AM

For Detroit:

Unite d'Habitation. I'd like a Unite by Le Corbusier to have been built south of Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park.

Ministry of Health and Education Building by Lucio Costa in Rio de Janeiro.

Guarantee Building by Louis Sullivan in Buffalo.

Inland Steel Building by SOM in Chicago.

And as much as Rockefeller Center as I can get. :)

Honorable mentions include Park Hill in Sheffield and Robin Hood Gardens in London, but both are very site dependent so I stuck with more universal buildings.

stormkingfan Jul 31, 2016 7:40 PM

I have to agree with Volguus Z. about the lack of Art Deco towers in Philly. What made this a bit of a challenge was finding towers from that era, from 5 different cities, that would make an impact on the present skyline (unless one places said buildings just outside the most dense part of town).

I found four buildings from the 20s and 30s and one, due to lack of vintage, from the 90s.

Book Tower (Detroit, 1926, Renaissance/Classical Revival), 475'. Pick a spot within 5-6 blocks from City Hall.

Terminal Tower (Cleveland, 1930, Italianate/Art Deco), 708'. Near 30th St. Station.

Chicago Board of Trade (Chicago, 1930, Art Deco), 605'. Between 20th St. and the Schuykill, near Market.

500 5th Avenue (New York, 1931, Art Deco [designed by same architect who designed ESB], 709'. Center City along E. Market or S. Broad..... maybe.

SunTrust Plaza (Atlanta, 1992, modern but has some nice geometry and texture to it), 871'. Between Center City and 30th St. Station.

Was thinking of the top of Wm. Penn's hat (548') during this exercise.

King Kill 'em Aug 1, 2016 6:10 AM

For LA
56 Leonard-NY
Mellon Bank Center-Philadelphia
Williams Tower-Houston
Terminal Tower-Cleveland
Transamerica Pyramid-SF

nw290 Sep 5, 2017 11:43 PM


Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 7516286)
For Houston:

1 - China Resources HQ from Shenzen:

2 - The Pinnacle from London:

3 - One One One Eagle Street from Brisbane:

4 - Bank of America Tower from New York:

5 - Soleil Apartments from Brisbane:

3 in downtown...2 in galleria

Eidolon Sep 6, 2017 12:50 PM

For New York:

1. Salesforce Tower - San Francisco, directly to the north of the Time Warner Center at West 60th street, Columbus Circle.

2. Trump International Hotel & Tower - Chicago, somewhere in the Times Square area

3. Key Tower - Cleveland, 5th Avenue E 38th Street

4. 609 Main at Texas - Houston, 1st Avenue 35th Street

5. US Steel Tower - Pittsburgh, Lexington Avenue East 60th Street

*6th Bonus tower*
First Canadian Place - Toronto, Built on landfill, directly in front of 55 water Street

JManc Sep 6, 2017 1:51 PM

For Houston...

Tomorrow Square (Beijing)
Terminal Tower (Cleveland)
Trump (Chicago)
Woolworth (New York)
BoA (Atlanta) *placed near Transco/ Williams in Uptown area since they have similar height and massing.

McBane Sep 6, 2017 3:45 PM

Fun game!

As others have echoed Philly lacks really tall pre-war buildings. The long standing gentleman's agreement kept all the old buildings below 500 feet (and somewhat indistinguishable when viewing the skyline as a whole); our tallest buildings are all modern. To that end, I'd add:

Terminal Tower (Cleveland)
40 Wall Street (NYC)
Metropolitan Life Insurance Building (NYC)*
Note: I actually prefer Chicago's Wrigley Building over Met Life, but at just 438 feet, it wouldn't stand out as much in Philly.

I also think Philly's tallest modern buildings are a bit safe/conservative and would like to add a couple to jazz things up a bit:

Turning Torso (Sweden)
The Shard (London)

homebucket Sep 6, 2017 4:09 PM

For SF:

Shanghai Tower - Shanghai
Taipei 101 - Taipei
Bank of America Tower - NYC
John Hancock Center - Chicago
The Shard - London

nw290 Sep 7, 2017 7:21 AM


Originally Posted by JManc (Post 7912853)
For Houston...

Tomorrow Square (Beijing)
Terminal Tower (Cleveland)
Trump (Chicago)
Woolworth (New York)
BoA (Atlanta) *placed near Transco/ Williams in Uptown area since they have similar height and massing.

nice choices...

sixo1 Jul 7, 2018 3:34 PM

For Chicago, I would add these 5:

Bank of China Tower - Hong Kong (location: Randolph and Franklin)

American Copper Buildings - New York City (location: North Water and Columbus)

Palacio Salvo - Montevideo (location: 830 South Michigan Avenue)

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower - Tokyo (location: Harrison and State)

Absolute World - Mississauga (location: Roosevelt and Wells)

Mr Saturn64 Jul 7, 2018 3:59 PM

For Philadelphia:

Chicago - One Chicago Square (Put it in the Disney Hole)

Baltimore - Commerce Place (6th and Arch, right on Independence Mall)

San Francisco - 181 Fremont (19th and Arch, diagonal from Comcast Technology Center)

New York - 60 Wall Street (18th and Chestnut, where there are low-rises)

Des Moines - 801 Grand (16th and Arch, where the ugly building is)

HomrQT Jul 8, 2018 3:19 AM

For Chicago:

1. From NYC - Woolworth Building

2. From Cincinnati - Carew Tower

3. From Pittsburgh - Cathedral of Learning:

4. From Detroit - Book Tower

5. From Boston - Custom House

Austin55 Jul 8, 2018 12:01 PM

Fort Worth's skyline is relatively small, so I don't want to overwhelm it.

1. Gonna steal volguus's idea of 111 Westminster. Many of FW's prewar skyscrapers are beautiful, but simple box shapes. We could use some setbacks and spires. It's it right in.

2. We have a lot of zig-zag moderne art deco, but none of them are blue. So, give me LA's Eastern Columbia Building. Would be another nice pinnacle to the prewar skyline.

3. Milwaukee City Hall. Absolute landmark and I want it. The world needs more Flemish Revival.

4. Fort Worth lacks really any international Mies style or Pomo skyscrapers. So I'd go for a twofer here and select Houston's Pennzoil Place, would add some nice bulk to the skyline and certainly stand out, without being overly massive. Beautiful lobby too.

5. Can we include unbuilts? If so, I'd take Nashville's never built Signature Tower. A stunning crown and would easily be the new tallest and would really live up to it's name.

Hindentanic Aug 3, 2018 4:19 AM

For San Antonio, Texas, I would add:

1. Court Chambers Building, 75 Livingston Street, Brooklyn. This Gothic Revival skyscraper would be a perfect pairing for San Antonio's own landmark Tower Life Building.
(Photo by GrissJr on Wikipedia)

2. Russ Building, 235 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Another handsome Gothic Revival tower that would match well with the city's other similarly styled building.
(Photo by grizzlehizzle on Wikipedia)

3. Paramount Building, 1501 Broadway, New York City. A wondrous ziggurat to partner at night with our city's own tiered wedding cake.
(Photo by Brian Reed on cityseeker)

4. Guardian Building, 500 Griswold Street, Detroit. Flamboyant Art Deco, but still keeping in tone and scale to our city's other historic buildings.
(Photo by Glenn Triest on Crain's Detroit Business)

5. The Legacy at Millenium Park, South Wabash Avenue and East Monroe Street, Chicago. With all the historicist and earth-tone masonry buildings I'm bringing in to a city already full of historicist and earth-toned masonry buildings, a little shiny contrast is in order.
(Photo by Diego Delso on Wikipedia)


If we allow towers from outside the U.S., then I would make my city handsomely modern by grabbing:
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo
Abeno Harukas, Osaka
Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt am Main
Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou
HSBC Headquarters, Hong Kong

howfam Dec 1, 2018 1:37 PM

For Jacksonville , Florida I would add:

1000 Museum- Miami, Fl.
Scotia Plaza - Toronto, Ont.
Marriott Marquis- Atlanta, Ga.
Aqua- Chicago, Il.
Bank of America Center - Houston, Tx.

AmethystGMD Dec 17, 2018 8:36 PM

I would add....

1. World Trade Center

2. Woolworth Building

3. Lotte World Tower

4. Wilshire Grand Tower

5. Deutsche Bank Building

The North One Dec 18, 2018 3:21 AM

^ damn you reminded me of just how good the twins looked in New York's skyline.

Hudson11 Dec 18, 2018 4:18 AM

1) Bank of America Plaza from Atlanta

2) Terminal Tower from Cleveland to the Municipal District Downtown

3) One Atlantic from Atlanta to somewhere near Madison Square Park

4) Bank of America Center from Charlotte

5) Williams Tower from Houston

AMWChicago Dec 18, 2018 5:07 AM

For Chicago:

Basically stealing 5 from NY :D

1) 50 Leonard St by Andrew W, on Flickr
2) Frank Gehry Building in Lower Manhattan by Andrew W, on Flickr
3) Citigroup Center by Andrew W, on Flickr
4) The Drumpf World Tower by Andrew W, on Flickr
5) Madison Square Park- Metlfie Tower, Madison Square Park Tower, and 1 Madison Park (Can I just take all three of these please? :tup: ) by Andrew W, on Flickr

Tiorted9 Dec 18, 2018 5:40 AM

For Detroit I would continue the amazing art deco theme by adding:

Chrysler NYC
Pittsfield from Chicago
Eastern Columbia from Los Angeles
LeVeque Tower from Columbus
Baltimore Trust Co building

Amanita Dec 18, 2018 6:25 AM

Since JPMorgan Chase doesn't want it, can I take 270 Park Avenue? She's a little more than twice the height of Halifax's tallest building, and would make the local NIMBYs shit their shorts.

Angalfaria May 25, 2019 9:32 AM

I love your thought that express above in your thread. If I added the sum of the tower, I could reach in the middle of the sky. It is a way so that you could touch the skyline.

stevanford1 Aug 6, 2019 9:10 PM

For Toronto, I would add.
  • Vancouver House: Vancouver
  • IDS Centre: Minneapolis
  • Vista Tower: Chicago
  • CCTV Headquarters: Beijing
  • Telus Sky: Calgary (even if it isn’t complete yet)

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