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  1. Now that the podium is complete, this will rise quickly. It’ll be fun to watch! 😁
  2. Or, conversely, an iconic mixed-use project driven by one person who is not an expert in real estate development could wind up with unforeseen pitfalls that threaten the dream. Time will tell. I hope @Luminareis right!
  3. Fencing is up! One lane of Jefferson is closed for construction. I bet they start digging in January.
  4. I think the building going up first is the 4-ish story mini-building on the NW corner of the plot, yes? At the same time, it looks like their Excavating in the location of the residential tower on the NE corner. Maybe they’ll start foundation work on that one soon. I can’t imagine they’d excavate the area and then just leave an open pit for later development.
  5. This looks beautiful! Not what I would expect to see as an “affordable” housing project.
  6. They relocated to Eado a while ago. They’re at the block bounded by St. Emanuel/Franklin/Chartres/Congress. Interesting choice of relocation, since I think that’s one of the blocks that gets blown out with the I-45 relocation project, should it actually happen.
  7. NE corner of Fannin and McGowen — former site of Search Homeless Services.
  8. I’m not an architectural scholar, so the fact that Holl falls into the postmodernist/deconstructionist/formalist bucket has no bearing on my comments. Nor does his particular intent with this project. My observations are solely based on my gut reaction to seeing the building in person — walking around it, looking at the shapes, angles, scale, materials, etc. It just doesn’t do much for me. Not like the Glassell School does.
  9. Steven Hill has designed some really great stuff. I agree totally. I think the Glassell School building is VERY cool. It’s new neighbor, not so much. I do think the roof texture is very intriguing. Unfortunately, that will remain hidden from view from the street.
  10. When I see it, I don’t think, “WOW!” To me, the building’s lines are not very striking. Even though it’s footprint isn’t rectangular, it looks boxy. And I know that a lot of Holl’s work is boxy, but this is boxy in a not-so-interesting way. The tubes don’t Intrigue me, either. They do add texture, but the way the short tube segments are mounted, very conspicuous horizontal seams are created that disrupt the vertical flow of the walls. Hopefully they will do something to camouflage the seams. And, hopefully the illumination at night will really elevate the look. Renderings seem to indicate as much. Overall, I’m still hoping that it turns out better than my current expectation. Time will tell.
  11. Ugh! I feel like this is such a missed opportunity to create a truly iconic building. The final product is turning out to be soooooo mediocre. 😕
  12. Ugh! Why, why, why does RD have to construct a giant sarcophagus-like parking podium?!? It is so unnecessary and makes the building look incredibly disjointed. As for the limestone cladding — I give it zero chance of happening. That podium has Cosmo-Astoria-Arabella-Marlowe-esque stucco written all over it. 😕
  13. I don’t think the Kinder building is brutalist. Whatever the style, though, I have to say that the overall aesthetic falls flat for me. The tubes on the outside are not very striking (hopefully they’ll be lit well at night — the evening photos above offer SOME hope) and the most interesting lines are the curved contours on the roof, which you can’t see. 🤷🏻‍♂️ I think the new Denver Art Museum is a lot more bold. IMHO the Glassell topples the Kinder Building aesthetically.
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