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I saw this picture on the webcam and I just had to post it, very nice picture with the rain shaft over downtown and then the sunlight toward the med center. The reflection of this building is super ni

A rendering on the Amegy site:   https://www.amegybank.com/about-us/newsroom/amegy-hq    

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Amegy-Bank-opens-eye-catching-tower-10923531.php#photo-12349913            

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Only saw it for a minute.  Very round, cylinder like. Light Blue glass... Large crown? I guess you could call it that extends a few floors above the top.  Lighting feature that runs up the side of the building I think.  Don't know if it is on both sides.  Just saw the angle from San Felipe and 610. 

 

Yes, I realize this description sucks. 

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Only saw it for a minute. Very round, cylinder like. Light Blue glass... Large crown? I guess you could call it that extends a few floors above the top. Lighting feature that runs up the side of the building I think. Don't know if it is on both sides. Just saw the angle from San Felipe and 610.

Yes, I realize this description sucks.

That's pretty spot on... I'm hesitant to even call it a crown though but it does extend beyond the usable floors. It will definitely have a great impact along 610, that's for sure.

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That's pretty spot on... I'm hesitant to even call it a crown though but it does extend beyond the usable floors. It will definitely have a great impact along 610, that's for sure.

Sounds pretty awesome to me. Can't wait to see it for myself

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Only saw it for a minute. Very round, cylinder like. Light Blue glass... Large crown? I guess you could call it that extends a few floors above the top. Lighting feature that runs up the side of the building I think. Don't know if it is on both sides. Just saw the angle from San Felipe and 610.

Yes, I realize this description sucks.

Sounds very cool! I am looking forward to seeing this go up.

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Although the rendering has yet to be released, I will echo what others have said on this forum. This will be the best looking building on the west loop, and is the dream team for Dev/architect/GC. I've been told from an anonymous source that the construction will commence the beginning of December. It will be an outstanding addition to the surrounding area.

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I'm doubting this thing will be the "best building on the west loop"!  In fact I'm insulted to think that this proposed building would even challenge Transco/Williams for that honor.

 

When I think of this proposed building I imagine the Memorial Hermann Tower at Memorial City Mall.  That's what I see.  Hope I'm wrong.

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Well, at 20 stories, it won't be even the tallest building on that side of the loop - unless it's like the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah and has a 100-meter spire on the top and a helipad/observation deck on the 20th floor.  :wub:

 

Then again, maybe they'll build a giant cut-out into the 15th level and stick a few palm trees into the space. That would certainly be unusual for this town.

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Williams tower is classic Hines and a timeless building, no one argues that. Amegy's building will be a very modern Hines development that aesthetically will be different than other buildings on the West Loop. I believe it will really stick out when heading southbound on 610, but again this is just my opinion.

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I'm doubting this thing will be the "best building on the west loop"! In fact I'm insulted to think that this proposed building would even challenge Transco/Williams for that honor.

When I think of this proposed building I imagine the Memorial Hermann Tower at Memorial City Mall. That's what I see. Hope I'm wrong.

You must not be familiar with Hines or John Pickard.

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Williams tower is classic Hines and a timeless building, no one argues that. Amegy's building will be a very modern Hines development that aesthetically will be different than other buildings on the West Loop. I believe it will really stick out when heading southbound on 610, but again this is just my opinion.

It will definitely have a great presence along the loop.

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Although the rendering has yet to be released, I will echo what others have said on this forum. This will be the best looking building on the west loop, and is the dream team for Dev/architect/GC. I've been told from an anonymous source that the construction will commence the beginning of December. It will be an outstanding addition to the surrounding area.

 

Will it look something like this?

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You must not be familiar with Hines or John Pickard.

 

I'm more than familiar with Hines' quality of work.  He built 90% of Houston's big architectural works, though not everything he's touched is gold.  The San Felipe Tower (also by Pickard Chilton) is an example of a design that is not very nice.  Nice enough for what it is, but not architectural beauty.  I'm expecting much of the same with this tower.

Bankers seldom make for grand design advocates.

 

I'm more worried that the build-up some are placing on this building will... make for a great disappointment when we all see this tower.  Unique doesn't translate into quality.

 

I guess we will have to adopt a "wait and see" approach and all hope that this thing is as nice of a design as some on here are saying it will be?

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I'm more than familiar with Hines' quality of work.  He built 90% of Houston's big architectural works, though not everything he's touched is gold.  The San Felipe Tower (also by Pickard Chilton) is an example of a design that is not very nice.  Nice enough for what it is, but not architectural beauty.  I'm expecting much of the same with this tower.

Bankers seldom make for grand design advocates.

 

I'm more worried that the build-up some are placing on this building will... make for a great disappointment when we all see this tower.  Unique doesn't translate into quality.

 

I guess we will have to adopt a "wait and see" approach and all hope that this thing is as nice of a design as some on here are saying it will be?

 

What (and where) is the San Felipe Tower?

 

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What (and where) is the San Felipe Tower?

 

 

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2013/09/hines-to-break-ground-on-san-felipe-office-tower-in-60-days/

 

I was under the impression this was a Pickard Chilton design, with Ziegler Cooper serving as architect of record?  Is that not the case?

 

Either way - this is not a wonderful building.

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I think he meant the 2229 San Felipe tower going up now..?

Bingo.  Sorry for missing the address.  But this is an example of a Hines building that is less than inspirational in design quality.  And its about what I'm expecting of the proposal for Amegy.

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http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2013/09/hines-to-break-ground-on-san-felipe-office-tower-in-60-days/

 

I was under the impression this was a Pickard Chilton design, with Ziegler Cooper serving as architect of record?  Is that not the case?

 

Either way - this is not a wonderful building.

 

You capitalized "tower" when it should have been lower case. Don't let it happen again.

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Bingo.  Sorry for missing the address.  But this is an example of a Hines building that is less than inspirational in design quality.  And its about what I'm expecting of the proposal for Amegy.

 

but that building fits in perfectly with the surrounding area. there was zero chance that Hines was going to develop an architectural wonder in what is still a very residential area. remember, they received a lot of blow back from many of their river oaks neighbors. in addition, the bulk of their tenants will be private wealth managers, family trusts/foundations and they like... they needed something understated and classic which is definitely what i would consider 2229. the design doesn't exist in a vacuum - location matters and a very random lot on a two-lane street in a very residential area does not equal prime estate real estate along the west loop - if anyone has earned the benefit of the doubt its Hines.

 

just my opinion.

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but that building fits in perfectly with the surrounding area. there was zero chance that Hines was going to develop an architectural wonder in what is still a very residential area. remember, they received a lot of blow back from many of their river oaks neighbors. in addition, the bulk of their tenants will be private wealth managers, family trusts/foundations and they like... they needed something understated and classic which is definitely what i would consider 2229. the design doesn't exist in a vacuum - location matters and a very random lot on a two-lane street in a very residential area does not equal prime estate real estate along the west loop - if anyone has earned the benefit of the doubt its Hines.

 

just my opinion.

 

Not to agree with swtsig so often, but i think there is alot to be said about the enviroment in which the building is in. I have no heartache whatsoever about 2229. I think it works fine in the area. by the way everyone is talking, I expect Amegy Bank to be totally different and much more significant.

 

The corner of San Felipe and 610 is pretty hideous. Ashley Furniture? Gas Station? Target? Before the West Creek stuff got going, this seemed to be a quasi-suburban eyesoar. I think anything is an improvement, but that strip center near the future Amegy HQ looks AWFUL.

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Good points. 

 

I think you could agree that as we've seen in the past - the louder people talk typically the less impressive something is.  I hope I'm proven wrong, and I'll be happy if this building is a great addition to the skyline.

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