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Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center: 35-Story Tower

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It's for the Westin Hotel which will also have for sale condos on the top floors.

There will be a Westin next to the hospital tower on the southwest corner of Gessner and I-10, a Four Points where the Radisson was on the southeast corner of the Beltway and I-10 near the new City Centre at Town & Country and a Sheraton on the east side of the Beltway just north of I-10 next to Baseball USA.

Sorry if this is repetitive of something else already posted. Here's some links:

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto.../19/focus3.html

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto.../05/story6.html

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/p...propertyID=3109

http://www.hotel-online.com/News/PR2007_1s...andComplex.html

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I haven't gone by the Memorial City site, but I can say that the other Sheraton along Clay Road is under construction as well. There's a tower crane there and they've got the a number of the pilings set into place at this point. Kinda surprised they and the Four Points redevelopment have pages before the Westin Tower.

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im sorry, but arent westins supposed to be really nice? and if so, why build one next to a hospital with sirens?

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They are building it next to a hospital because of the demand for hotel space in the area. This area has been envisioned as the next medical center of Houston. Because of that, you are going to have patients from all over the country coming to this area for treatment and they will need a place to stay. In addition, the family of people in the hospital will need places to stay and this will help accomplish this.

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Courtesy of mbgriffith1 at SSP.

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They've started on the buildings adjacent to the main building now. I drove past the open gate yesterday and had a clear view of what appears to be multiple buildings that can be seen in the above rendering. As much as people have said the building doesn't look like this rendering, I challenge them to drive by at night... it is actually very accurate. The artist simply replaced the tan "fake stucco" with a blue nighttime hue. It really is a very accurate depiction of the structure. Also, people should looks at some of the detail work in this building like on the back. The center portion has a faux granite portion with different colored blue windows. Once they finish the beacon and the glass corner skirts as well as surrounding structures this thing will look great. It will never be William's Tower but it will look nice, mark my words.

Edited by SpringShadows

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What?
While it will never be very close to pleasing proportions,

The cone tapers too rapidly to look correct in concert with the blocky chunks beneath it...

the cone continuing upwards may serve as a foil

yet, even if it looks too tacked on, the very fact that it's there...

that distracts the mind enough to let the

rather than nothing being up there to provide any relief from the slab...

strong horizonal shoulder line of the building's unusual bulk associate visually with the ground from a distance

could, in fact, draw and focus an onlooker's eye so much of the time that the bland width below is made less distinct and more abstract,* as something is when you spend your attention on something elsewhere in your field of view...

* how 'ground' is opposed to 'figure', blending in because the cone is standing out; as well as ground meaning the low-lying city

* therefore less plainly ugly than the massing actually is before it's interpreted by a distractable viewer who doesn't behold everything at once, or at all.

(by virtue of its visually unexpectedly low height below proportion to its unexpectedly broad extent).

[able to be] abstracted, that is, in the direction of what the top of the rectilinear bulk already has in common (figuratively and physically parallel) with the ground's horizon line vastly more than other skyscraper 'figures' do: namely, that it spreads sideways more than expected; and the flat wings sticking out too far, once abstracted thanks to the small but spiky cone, connect the building at a distance to its horizontal surroundings.

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In other words, the thing may not wind up merely ungainly for the sake of flashiness; because its parts are dissociated more than any other vertical shaft's are, once the eyecatcher is done the part that's so blandly different might - because of certain odd factors - succeed in actually relating to the flat panorama of which it is a part. Apart from Memorial Hermann Memorial City ca. 2008, Midtown Manhattan, and *part* of Hong Kong, there is never anything on a high-rise visually that is characteristic of the environment of which it is a part - skyscrapers don't characterize as much as punctuate it. Good luck,

Neil

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So I thought this building was going to be 34 floors but from my office view it looks like they have completed adding floors to it - stopping somewhere around 28. Any idea what is going on with that?

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So I thought this building was going to be 34 floors but from my office view it looks like they have completed adding floors to it - stopping somewhere around 28. Any idea what is going on with that?

I saw some workers moving around the curved portion that is now at the top of the building, and one of the large crane was working as well... Is this supposed to be the start of the crown or a design feature that will be integrated into some upper floors?

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I saw some workers moving around the curved portion that is now at the top of the building, and one of the large crane was working as well... Is this supposed to be the start of the crown or a design feature that will be integrated into some upper floors?

So has anyone heard if this thing was scaled down?

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It hasn't been scaled down. Most skyscrapers are either spiky or slablike. This one is completely unusual in that it has a big flat roof with a cone in the middle. It is the cone that will continue up to 34 storeys and draw the eye.

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It hasn't been scaled down. Most skyscrapers are either spiky or slablike. This one is completely unusual in that it has a big flat roof with a cone in the middle. It is the cone that will continue up to 34 storeys and draw the eye.

I see what you mean now after taking another look at the rendering. The widest portion of the slab rises to the 12th floor and the rest of the standard building is floors 13-28. So will that crown just be entirely decorative or will it have specialty space? Mechanical stuff?

This is what I was referring to earlier, sorry for the iffy quality of the shot....

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I have always wondered if the crown was just for the drawing or if it would actually happen. You are right - the upper floors that are not quite as wide go from 13 to 28 - which is where they have stopped. They are definitly still working up there but only in the middle - making me now think that they are working on that crown. Will it really be 6 stories tall though? Anybody know if it is decorative or if there will actually be offices in there?

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It seems quite different in the photo than in the rendering. The ever-present beige fake stucco certainly makes it look more "normal" than what I was expecting, though whether that is a good thing is open to debate. I would guess that the cone thing on the top might end up looking like even more of an afterthought than it does in the rendering.

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Well, looking from the front I think it's pretty accurate from the rendering. I'm curious on how it's going to top out, though. It should be rather interesting.

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The crown in the rendering looks absolutely amazing.

The stucco, however, makes the building look rather old, but in a good way. Does that make sense?

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Well, they are cranking away on the crown, and from my viewpoint it appears that the crown will have some sort of functional office space inside. The building part is 27 floors, and they have built floors 28 - 32 of the crown. If the building is really going to be only 34 floors, they are almost done with the shell.

Maybe the crown will be the penthouse offices for the CEO.

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Really now? I would have thought it would be some sort of small viewing place for patients and/or a place to discretely mount Cell antennas.

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It looks pretty nice. But I have a strange feeling that the crown, despite how beautiful it may be, will look very out-of-place on this Art Deco-feeling tower.

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Man! That does look like it's going to be fairly large feature. With it having this many floors already, i'm VERY curious on what functionality this is going to have.

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Is the crown considered part of the floor count? I guess the building itself is 29 floors and the crown appears to be 6.

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The building is 27 floors so the first floor of the crown is floor 28. That means that right now they are up to the 33rd floor and I think they have one more to go.

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Man! That does look like it's going to be fairly large feature. With it having this many floors already, i'm VERY curious on what functionality this is going to have.

It most likely will be office space for MetroNational, the developer. Only 40% of the crown will be rentable since it's function is basically decorative anyway.

And yes, it should be above 500ft when complete.

:ph34r:

Also, I've never seen this rendering, but it's far more tame than the "Vegas" one which has been mentioned over the past year or two.

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Edited by ChannelTwoNews

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It most likely will be office space for MetroNational, the developer. Only 40% of the crown will be rentable since it's function is basically decorative anyway.

And yes, it should be above 500ft when complete.

:ph34r:

Also, I've never seen this rendering, but it's far more tame than the "Vegas" one which has been mentioned over the past year or two.

eeek, I don't like the look of that crown. Looks like it's about to start spinnin' and kill any bird passing by.

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The reason for the stucco look is so that it can keep in line with the architecture of the other hospital buildings, at least, that's what I'm guessing.

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Wow....I love that crown. It makes the building incredibly distinctive. What would be nice would be an observation deck up there where you could take the children in the hospital up for viewing. Nothing is more sad than seeing sick kids in the hospital - taking them up to that observation area would really be a treat for them.

I wish they'd add a crown like feature to the Chase building downtown to make it more distinctive....we could turn that building into a true landmark and "icon building" with an addition like that.

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It looks pretty nice. But I have a strange feeling that the crown, despite how beautiful it may be, will look very out-of-place on this Art Deco-feeling tower.

Imo the crown does look very strange in conjunction with the actual building. Kind of like it belongs on a different building. While this structure is impressive in size, I think it's ugly.

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Well, Driving by this building earlier and it seems like they're working on adding at least one more floor. So we will see how big this crown will be.

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it appears in the new rendering that they omitted the glass on the four edges of the box part...I think that would at least play off the crown and help it blend in with the rest of the building...although I guess I shouldn't say anything until the building is complete, then I can judge it all I want :P

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it appears in the new rendering that they omitted the glass on the four edges of the box part...I think that would at least play off the crown and help it blend in with the rest of the building...although I guess I shouldn't say anything until the building is complete, then I can judge it all I want :P

I too noticed that the glass on the four edges of the box part at the top has been omitted, but it was shown in the rendering. Bummer. Now it is just a box with a crown. Of course, can't judge until final product is in. That building is really tall and adds to the Katy Fwy skyline. It is very visible from downtown.

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Drove by the building earlier and noticed something strange... When looking East the crown seems to be placed more toward the north, and not centered. Anyone notice this or am I losing it?

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Nope - you are not going crazy. When looking at the front of the building (the part that faces I-10 (North) the crown is centered left to right. When looking at the building from the East or West, the crown is not centered - it is closest to the North side of the building.

Interesting.

I wonder if the roof of the top floor (the 27th floor, the last "full" floor) will be an observation deck that you can access from the crown.

Edited by GrandLakes

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eeek, I don't like the look of that crown. Looks like it's about to start spinnin' and kill any bird passing by.

:lol::lol::lol: OMG it does!

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Who designed this?!...the building is so fugly..not ugly.....FUGLY!!

that crown makes the building look evil...like it should be Dr.Evil's secret hideaway are something...horrible!!

Edited by mrell32

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Looks like they're going to get the crown done by the end of the month so they can drop it on new Years eve! :P

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It's sad to think that the last thing a number of people will see before they leave this world is the sight of the horrendous hood ornament staring down at them.

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lol!!!! thanks guys. i saw this abomination again today and it's an eyesore. the crown looks like a strange, futuristic water tower that's too large for the building beneath. what were they thinking?

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I will add my opinion once it is complete with all of the glass on it. It is kind of hard to tell what the finished product is going to look like at this point.

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*Facepalm*

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I saw this in person yesterday on my way out to my sister's house.

HORRIBLE.

This thing looks cheap and the off-centered top looks so odd when driving down I-10 heading West.

This thread needs to be moved to the crater section ASAP.

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^^^^

Do they still plan on building the tower to the left of it?

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