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Trae Apr 6, 2008 8:29 PM

HOUSTON | Bank of the Southwest Tower | 1,404 FT / 428 M | 82 FLOORS | NEVER BUILT
Bank of the Southwest Tower

This was actually a serious proposal until about 1990. Didn't go through because of the oil bust. Sad.

Height concerns:

It was going to be an all-office tower. I think the basic design is being used for a tower going up in Dubai.

ethereal_reality Apr 6, 2008 8:35 PM

...was this the tower designed by Helmut Jahn?

Ayreonaut Apr 6, 2008 9:20 PM

It's a nice tower, but I don't have to say that it looks like several others.

Patrick Apr 6, 2008 10:05 PM

What a loss!

MiamiSpartan Apr 6, 2008 10:51 PM

This is my favorite building that was never built. It would have looked amazing in downtown Houston!

JManc Apr 6, 2008 11:12 PM


Originally Posted by Ayreonaut (Post 3466634)
It's a nice tower, but I don't have to say that it looks like several others.

actually, the 'several others' were based on this proposal.

Wattleigh Apr 7, 2008 12:07 AM

79th Floor, 360 degree observation deck.

That alone makes me wish this was built.

Ayreonaut Apr 7, 2008 1:30 AM


Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 3466888)
actually, the 'several others' were based on this proposal.

In that case, it's a shame it was never built.

Trae Apr 7, 2008 1:56 AM

Damn oil bust. Wish the oil boom could have lasted an extra three years or so, and this tower would have happened here in Houston.

Great_Hizzy Apr 7, 2008 4:35 AM

Longterm it would've been a nice addition but in the short and mid terms it would've made the mid to late 80s bust even worse for the office market--even if it had shifted to become the late 80s/early 90s bust.

Xeelee Apr 7, 2008 2:33 PM

There is another one out there with a restaurant inside a dome at the very top. I used to have a rendering of it and it is in a book about that skyscraper competition. Anyone have it?

FrancoRey Apr 7, 2008 5:44 PM

Oh well. Such is the way of economic cycles. Denver lost it's fair share of office towers in the 80's to the oil bust as well. Here is my fav lost tower: Reliance Center

OhioGuy Apr 11, 2008 8:45 PM

Wow, this would have been an amazing building in Houston. I really like the look of it. I think they style of it would have fit in perfectly in the downtown core. Too bad.

Xeelee Apr 11, 2008 9:34 PM

Here is another I found online somewhere:

Wattleigh Apr 11, 2008 10:39 PM

I think that was KPF's submission into the design competition.

Where did you find it?

volguus zildrohar Apr 11, 2008 10:57 PM

Hey, it lived on. Helmut Jahn recycles.

Rail Claimore Apr 11, 2008 11:33 PM

Houston's been screwed by the FAA more than once. Chase (then Texas Commerce Tower) was supposed to be over 1100 ft tall, but the feds made them chop off a few stories because of Hobby.

Von Apr 20, 2008 6:57 PM

ugh I hate Hobby Airpot...errrr

Trae Apr 20, 2008 9:37 PM

Now, it is said that the original Chase Tower height (over 1100 feet) would not be too tall for planes going into Hobby. Just how it was in the 80's.

Jibba Apr 21, 2008 3:09 AM

Not really a shame that this was never realized; it's a little too cheesy I think. Houston's current tallest is leagues better than this.

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