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Looks like they've only done homes and townhomes before... so should be interesting to see if this develops into anything

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God i would love to see that with different colored stainless steel panels on the side.

Muted metallic.. one color per cube...

Rubiks Tower Houston

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God i would love to see that with different colored stainless steel panels on the side.

Muted metallic.. one color per cube...

Rubiks Tower Houston

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definitly one of the more unique buildings, it would be nice if it had LED's maybe each cube or the top one of something that changed colors. Or an assigned color per cube.

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God i would love to see that with different colored stainless steel panels on the side.

Muted metallic.. one color per cube...

Rubiks Tower Houston

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No kidding! I love electrochemical SS due to it's long life. I remember years ago how everyone was hopped up on colored anodized aluminum and I always tried to talk them out of it but to no avail. The colors [especially red] would fade out and ended up just looking cheap.

That tower would look so fine in muted tints of SS. I can just see it on a sunny day!

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That looks kind of like the New Museum being built in NYC in the Bowery. I would love for this to get built, although I kind of wish it would be downtown instead of on Westheimer. Could you imagine this building and that City Centre building being constructed downtown near one another. That would be kind of awesome. I can always dream can't I. :)

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Although they have their obvious differences, the first thing that came to my mind was Calatrava's 80 South Street proposal for Lower Manhattan. I could only picture this building in between Kirby and Shepherd. It would be nice if it was 2727 Kirby's neighbor.

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Wow that is a funky looking tower. I wonder how big it will be...

EDIT: Oh.. it says right in the picture... duh.

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I love the tower. I love Houston... but I just can't imagine something that cool looking being built here... hope I am wrong!!

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Anyone have any other info on this potential project? The only info I can find is on the link:

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This looks bogus.

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This looks bogus.

out of place is what i was thinking. if it is going to be placed in a residential area IMO it would be a disservice. i see this in greenway plaza.

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I absolutely love the design of the tower, but I think it might clash with the scale of the neighborhood. It is supposed to go on the block with Dolce Vita and Indika, right next to the corner. Some great houses would have to also be destroyed on Avondale to make way for the parking garage.

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I DEFINITELY cannot picture it there. It seems like a number of places would have to be torn down for that. I know the block has Whitney on one side and Stanford on the other. Do you know which side of the block?

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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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The old houses could be moved instead of demolished.

I agree that the homes should be OFFERED up to the public to be moved. This would not only be an excellent way to preserve these lovely old homes, but they could be used to replace some of the homes that have no longer repairable. I THINK there are some empty lots in Montrose.

it's also quite appropriate for the Montrose: It's not straight!

So is this project a major go?

Just rather excited about this particular project, but apprehensive of the traffic that's going to be on there (Hello! Metro! MONTROSE or WESTHEIMER LINE!) It will be a perfect addition to the area with it's eclectic collection of architecture of homes and buildings.

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Although they have their obvious differences, the first thing that came to my mind was Calatrava's 80 South Street proposal for Lower Manhattan. I could only picture this building in between Kirby and Shepherd. It would be nice if it was 2727 Kirby's neighbor.

ditto

I agree that the homes should be OFFERED up to the public to be moved. This would not only be an excellent way to preserve these lovely old homes, but they could be used to replace some of the homes that have no longer repairable. I THINK there are some empty lots in Montrose.

it's also quite appropriate for the Montrose: It's not straight!

So is this project a major go?

Just rather excited about this particular project, but apprehensive of the traffic that's going to be on there (Hello! Metro! MONTROSE or WESTHEIMER LINE!) It will be a perfect addition to the area with it's eclectic collection of architecture of homes and buildings.

on the bianchi website, it appears to be only a proposal. maybe i missed something.

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

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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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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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