They definitely could have done better with the roof. The exposed tanks/mechanicals aren’t a good look and further cheapens the overall appearance. They should’ve built a crown around it.
That’s how I feel about the MSP Tower. The renderings didn’t show anything above the curved roof…
But the reality…
Ugh! I hate the exposed mechanical on the MSP Tower. (And exposed mechanicals in general.) With the exception of the western-facing side, it seriously mars the appearance of the building. Unfortunately, KPF didn’t completely cover the mechanicals on 111 Murray Street either (despite what was shown in the renders). I was in Hoboken a few weekends ago and was disappointed to see 111 Murray culminate so inelegantly.
Something happened here today. A window shattered at the very NE corner, about half way up, raining glass on Fulton St. That block of Fulton has been completely closed to everyone all afternoon. It’s an odd place for a window to break, as I think it’s right in front of a column.
I hate this tower. It’s tacky and lazy architecture.
Agreed. The best part about it is that from the Brooklyn Bridge it can’t be often seen since it blends in like a part of 3WTC. The ugly white stripes remind me of those Kaufman-esque buildings with the random lines and hashtags, but instead of concrete walls it’s a glass wall.
The visible BMU here doesn’t look good I agree. The one instance I can remember hearing about where it actually improved the aesthetics of a building is the HSBC building in Hong Kong’s Central. The story I heard was that Foster thought the Bank of China building next door looked like a dagger pointed at the HSBC building. In response, Foster pointed the two BMUs on the roof back at that building, as if they were supposed to represent artillery cannons.
something this tall deserved a better design. I suppose glass monoliths are still strange to the financial district.
My inference based on earlier renders was that the brighter colored glass pattern was supposed to have a more semi-transparent white/frosted look to it.
But as it is now, the façade requires direct sunlight each and every time the intended/pre-VE’d effect makes itself visible to the observer.
Maybe when all the windows get cleaned up I’ll repent of my criticism.
This building is all around terrible, as are the Beekman Residences.
Thank God 25 Park Row, 130 William, (and please Fosters 2WTC) are coming to save the day in that area.
P.S. whatever happened to that ODA tower at 75 Nassau?
probably stuck in development limbo.