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This looks like some of the newer strip malls...

You tend to have negative replies to nearly every post on this forum, or at least so it seems, so I'm probably wasting my time here. None the less, I travel to Oslo, Dubai and Singapore yearly. This

I meant it in a good way. Relax.

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A horrific building in a terrible environment. I'm glad I don't have to deal with this monstrosity - or its surrounding area.

I agree. By comparison, the new building makes the Fuddruckers sign appear attractive. Freeway architecture at its worst.

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I think this building it too big for its style. I can see this style in a 7 story little office park (sans crown) and it might be, eh, ok. But it is so gi-normously boxy...

Have we already started the petition to mandate the builders to add arms? If not we are losing precious time.

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I agree. By comparison, the new building makes the Fuddruckers sign appear attractive. Freeway architecture at its worst.

I dunno, it's growing on my guys, it will look awesome when complete, especially at night.

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Can we move this thread to the Crater Houston Alliance already? :lol:

I second that.

Looks like folks at MH won't mind a round peg in a square hole. I understand what they're trying to do-have a landmark along I-10 but such should be pleasing to the eye. if that building's round, or at least have rounded edge, it might've been a success.

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I second that.

Looks like folks at MH won't mind a round peg in a square hole. I understand what they're trying to do-have a landmark along I-10 but such should be pleasing to the eye. if that building's round, or at least have rounded edge, it might've been a success.

IMO, this looks like a lot of buildings that I've seen in China. The lighted crown and the directional lights at the top in particular.

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A horrific building in a terrible environment. I'm glad I don't have to deal with this monstrosity - or its surrounding area.

Lord help those who need to get to the emergency room of this monstosity.

When you fail to plan...you plan to fail. :(

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Lord help those who need to get to the emergency room of this monstosity.

When you fail to plan...you plan to fail. :(

Why do you say that? What about the hideous design aesthetic of this building has anything to do with access to its ER? Because I'll tell ya, the I-10 feeder is nice and wide open these days. Yes, it's ugly but it's pretty easy to get around. Once construction on Gessner and I-10 itself is finished, it'll be even better (for another ten years, at least... :rolleyes:).

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Wow, you people really don't like the design. I'm not crazy about it, but think it's looks decent from the the front. I think once both the hotel and Memorial Herman building are fully complete, it will all look good. However, from the back of Memorial Hermann it looks like they really dropped the ball. They should have at least added some more glass to the backside.

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Has anyone commented on how the crown looks like one of those old roof-vent turbines ... or even better, a rotary drill? If it's a robot, I can imagine it inverting itself to burrow into the ground -- in which case, the lack of obvious arms would have the advantage of reducing drag. 'Course, those big shoulders would be a problem, too, but if it were a Transformer it could pull those inward.

The idea of the building being a Transformer got me to thinking ... anyone remember "Atragon", the 1963 Japanese sci-fli flick? Atragon was a submarine that flew, but could also drill through the earth using a suspiciously similar-looking drill. Not sure if I should post it here (copywrite), but here's a site with a pic: www.abtdvd.com/archives/dvdatragon.jpg. It even has the same blades attached to the shiny conical drill!

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Words cannot describe how ugly this building is. If they had kept the rounded edges like the original design, this building would have looked much better. Yes it looks better from the front, but not many are going to see it from that view. Most people are going to be driving down I-10 saying to themselves WTF!?! :huh:

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i love all the development in the area. i even like the burgeoning mini-skyline of that entire corridor.

i still don't understand the placement and size of the crown. As was mentioned a couple of posts ago, it will only look centered from a north-south approach, so i don't really get it considering most people will view it from the east-west approach. Anyway, maybe someone can explain THAT decision.

Personally, i think the placement and size of the crown is a mistake.

m. B)

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I like the color of the glass, and the fact that the tiny crown on top is actually floors of offices. And its different.

Wait, the crown has offices?? I thought they were filling that thing with their giant (and completely unnecessary) flood lights for the evening lighting (the lights may be used to draw foes for the giant robot to defeat, mothra for example). Though, I don't see offices in the tiny, ugly, crown as that big of a feature. It still looks disgusting from any angle.

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I like the building, i think its kind of cool. Its huge and stands out, i think once the entire site is built out it will look a lot better.

If you had to stare at its ill-planned design out of your office window every day, you'd start disliking it pretty quickly. I'm already sick of looking at it and they're not even finished building it yet.

Then again, maybe I'll feel differently when they finish the whole site. Maybe...

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I haven't read the whole thread but wanted to share with you guys that you can see the building even from US59 south! Quite clearly too. Its amazing that I-10 is so close when you have some reference point! We need more tall buildings around Houston!

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:rolleyes: Is the Hotel being built next to the Memorial Hermann tower topped out?? It has been a couple of weeks since I've seen them build a new story. If it is then it doesn't look anywhere near as tall as they depicted in the renderings.

In the renderings they made it look like it was almost as tall as the 35 story Memorila hermann building but tight now it looks only about half as tall.

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:rolleyes: Is the Hotel being built next to the Memorial Hermann tower topped out?? It has been a couple of weeks since I've seen them build a new story. If it is then it doesn't look anywhere near as tall as they depicted in the renderings.

In the renderings they made it look like it was almost as tall as the 35 story Memorila hermann building but tight now it looks only about half as tall.

I have a print version of the updated rendering (current color schemes) and it comes out to a 25 story building. My guess is there are another two large floors coming since the top two floors are set back and the main roof will overhang both the north and south sides. Some decorative red metal framework also (according to the renderings) should be added to the narrow side facing Gessner. Starting on the 3rd floor and running up that notch, extending outward at the 18th floor just above the condo/hotel split to meet the main roof at an angle.

I should scan it in when I get the chance...

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Great quality photos. Always appreciate the visual update.

This building doesn't look as bad as I thought it would in the finished product. Rather unusual with the crown on top, but not all bad.

This has become quite a marker of the I-10 near Beltway 8 area... I can see it all the way from my building located near the Greenway and Upper Kirby area.

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Great quality photos. Always appreciate the visual update.

This building doesn't look as bad as I thought it would in the finished product. Rather unusual with the crown on top, but not all bad.

This has become quite a marker of the I-10 near Beltway 8 area... I can see it all the way from my building located near the Greenway and Upper Kirby area.

That's exactly what MH leaders want it to be. They always talk about a landmark and a Medical center outside of Texas Medical Center.

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