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T 2 THA C    3
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Looks like the condo tower in Dubia being built, except this one is cube shaped and likely does not rotate.

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That guy in Dubai, (I think he is the prince/leader) has some money. It is amazing all the stuff being built in Dubai.

This building if built would definetly stand out in Houstons Skyline.

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Highway6    366
That guy in Dubai, (I think he is the prince/leader) has some money. It is amazing all the stuff being built in Dubai.

This building if built would definetly stand out in Houstons Skyline.

The Dubai tower is too much. I think the Westheimer Tower proposal shows you can achieve a dynamic and interesting structure in a simple way without going completely overboard. The Dubai Tower is overthetop fru-fru in my opinion and something like that won't be realized in the US.

I'd rather see a series of 2-3 shifted cube towers of differing heights somewhere in the skyline like the Bianchi proposal than 1 Dubai/Jetsons/stacked rotating pebbles proposal here in Houston.

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ricco67    382
It does look like it's rotating.

now, dude. Relax. It's just an LSD flashback. sit down and take another toke. :)

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Boris    13

I've been thinking it since I first saw it. And now I'm just going to say it. It's fugly!!

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KinkaidAlum    2,199

It's planned to go up at 524 Westheimer. That's the southside of the street near the intersection of Whitney. Pre-sales will be starting shortly. I've heard they expect some neighborhood reservations about the height (24 floors overlooking Cortlandt Place) but that the developer says he is committed to the project and will just move locations if this one doesn't work out.

Frankly, I hope it works. It's been awhile since a Houston project has pushed the limits and this one will certainly get people to react. I like buildings that make people think about architecture and how it truly does affect daily life in the city. Let the discourse begin!

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Highway6    366
It's planned to go up at 524 Westheimer. That's the southside of the street near the intersection of Whitney.

According to HCAD, 524 Westheimer is on the North side of the street and closer to Stanford.

The owner of 524, also owns the two adjacent properties, 520 and 528 Westheimer.

Also as a sidenote.. the new shapes / lines function on Gmaps is cool, but pretty useless if when linking to the map, it doesn't maintain the created shape.

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Mister X    192
Frankly, I hope it works. It's been awhile since a Houston project has pushed the limits and this one will certainly get people to react. I like buildings that make people think about architecture and how it truly does affect daily life in the city. Let the discourse begin!

Great news and well said.

I really like this tower. Although, it does seem like an odd location. It will be totally unique in it's surroundings. I expect some of the neighbors will pitch a fit as usual. But maybe not - at least it's going in the most liberal, and open minded neighborhood in Houston. Where the untraditional have a little more freedom to stick out.

I hope it brings some friends.

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Montrose1100    2,699

I like it being closer to Downtown, I'm glad Houston is seeing atleast some good architecture in all these recent projects.

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KinkaidAlum    2,199

Bummer. I was hoping it was the Southside of the street and I was really hoping it would replace that god-awful strip center that went up over the last few years. That surface parking lot is a definite eyesore and totally breaks the streetscape.

I too like that it is so close to midtown/downtown. I'd prefer it if it were close to midtown (maybe on Elgin) but I wont complain too much. It beats trying to put it on a side street somewhere (like the Robinhood).

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dgreco    0

it looks early in stages if that. I would hope they add some balconies. Also some green space would be nice, the building in dubai did a pretty cool job with the green space.

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TheNiche    966
it looks early in stages if that. I would hope they add some balconies. Also some green space would be nice, the building in dubai did a pretty cool job with the green space.

I personally like the building as-is, but then that's only because I only have to drive by it, not live in it. If I lived there, I'd want one or more balconies. Although it'd ruin a lot of the aesthetic considerations, most buyers at this price point are really less concerned with outward appearance than interior comfort, so they might run into a wall with that issue.

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Jax    629

Yeah I don't see any room for balconies in this design - it's supposed to be a clean, geometric sort of design. But maybe there could be a rooftop garden or something, like you see in places like NYC? That would be cool! Although it would probably would not be big enough for everybody.

Just out of curiosity - how many residential buildings in Houston lack balconies?

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WesternGulf    7

Only historical condo buildings in downtown. Some have balconies on their backwalls though such as Commerce Towers and Bayou Lofts.

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TheNiche    966
Balconies would just ____ up the whole look of the building.

Concur. Nevertheless, they may find it to be a competitive disadvantage.

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jdbaker    17
Yeah I don't see any room for balconies in this design - it's supposed to be a clean, geometric sort of design. But maybe there could be a rooftop garden or something, like you see in places like NYC? That would be cool! Although it would probably would not be big enough for everybody.

Just out of curiosity - how many residential buildings in Houston lack balconies?

The Beaconsfield doesn't have balconies, but makes up for it with large windows that open on three sides. Like the other poster said, a significant number of downtown lofts do not have balconies.

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