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Maybe after it's finished, and all lit up in the evening, and the retail spaces are all open, and I finally get back to town to see it in person... maybe I'll change my mind about it. I don't hate it. It's definitely better than certain other buildings downtown (I'm looking at you Wedge International Tower, Three Allen Center and yes, you, Heritage Plaza).

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The glass on the garage is starting to be installed.

This is from Sunday.     

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I agree that it would be nice to see developers push the envelope a bit more. But the need for an iconic skyline to me is secondary to what's happening at street level. Living in NYC for 25 years, I felt like the impact of the city wasn't any individual building. Yes, there were iconic buildings, but most were built like those in Houston to maximize profit. It is their density and how they contribute to the street life that make NYC the big apple. For example, The World Trade Center towers were iconic, but everyone hated the plaza area around them. I vote for pedestrians over pediments.

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7 hours ago, TheSirDingle said:

Damn now we're turning into negative groupthink. SOMEBODY PRESS THE REVERSE BUTTON THIS IS GETTIGN OUT OF HAND. Lol, good thing this forum rarely if ever turns into a hivemind like most forums (looking at you reddit). 

 

Personally, I like the design of this tower, it has pretty good interaction with the ground floor through well designed retail openings, and the crown gives a pretty unique rooftop not seen much in Texas. Overall, while it isn't the Neil Esperson Building, it's still better than the vast majority of high rises in Texas going up and existing. I think it's a good looking building, and adds a lot to the area. 

 

If we're going off the best looking high-rises going up I would have to say The Preston, or that 39 story tower going up on Post Oak. These 2 towers are just astounding. 

 

Still better looking than most if not all of them though. 

agreed

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On 10/27/2020 at 4:25 PM, tangledwoods said:

I'll play this game:If I was still a kid and my dad said he worked there, I would assume he had the most boring job in the world.  This might be the most vanilla ice cream Hines project I've seen.  The curtain wall is OKAY, the sky lobby bump outs are OKAY,

 

 

 

Sky lobby bump outs would be “COOL” if one was open to the public as an observation deck.

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On 10/27/2020 at 2:06 PM, MidCenturyMoldy said:

I think it's mostly the boring glass curtain wall, especially on the parking garage. I must note that I haven't even been to Houston since the glazing started, so I haven't seen it in person. But I also don't like the top all that much and I don't like the entrance.

 

I'm not a big fan of 609 Main, either. Again, mostly because of the boring curtain wall. I LOVE the exterior of 811 Main (BG Group Place)...just not thrilled with the notch that makes it look like a giant BIC lighter.


Is there an alternative to glass curtain wall, or a different way it could be applied to improve the overall effect? I just feel like all new buildings are built this way now. You don’t see a lot of stone facades going up anymore. 

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2 hours ago, Sunstar said:


Is there an alternative to glass curtain wall, or a different way it could be applied to improve the overall effect? I just feel like all new buildings are built this way now. You don’t see a lot of stone facades going up anymore. 

What I mean is: There are boring glass curtain walls and there are interesting glass curtain walls. This one is boring.

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On 11/6/2020 at 12:06 PM, wxman said:

Where are we at on this building? Are we getting close to topping out?

 

What I've found online indicates it should only be about 20 feet shy of 609 Main when it's done. They may top out on usable floors soon, but I think we still have quite a bit more visual height to go.

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On 11/17/2020 at 8:03 AM, Nate99 said:

Reminder of what the crown is supposed to look like with a rendered approximation of relative prominence...

 

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if this picture is correct, they have about 7 more floors to go until they reach the start of the crown.

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^^^ @jermh what an absolute GORGEOUS illustration!  heck, this edifice is not even completed yet.  upon my own personal view, once TEXAS TOWER is fully completed, it shall reign as one of the most beautiful/elegant/sophisticated towers in the south/southwest.  mark my words...

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