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View Poll Results: #197 - One Shell Plaza, Houston
10 11 4.91%
9.5 1 0.45%
9 3 1.34%
8.5 1 0.45%
8 5 2.23%
7.5 11 4.91%
7 15 6.70%
6.5 12 5.36%
6 18 8.04%
5.5 8 3.57%
5 41 18.30%
4.5 17 7.59%
4 21 9.38%
3.5 14 6.25%
3 or less 46 20.54%
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Old May 17th, 2003, 04:23 AM   #1
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#293 l One Shell Plaza l HOUSTON l 218m l 50fl

One Shell Plaza
Houston, USA


HEIGHT: 218m/715 feet
FLOORS: 50 floors
COMPLETION: 1971
ARCHITECT: Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM)

Deceptively simple in appearance, One Shell Plaza has a number of surprises upon closer examination. Outwardly, it looks like any other boring concrete block. But it is the only one in downtown Houston to sport a mast like so many skyscrapers in other cities. Its base has just a slight flare to it, spreading out like a Japanese fuji. The neighboring Two Shell Plaza appears to pay homage to this flare with the windows on its lower levels. They appear in roughly triangle patterns. But in reality, this is a structural element. Back at One Shell Plaza, looking down the sides you will notice that not all of the vertical lines are of the same width. Towards the corners some are wider for added structural strength.








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Old May 17th, 2003, 05:18 AM   #2
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4/10
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Old May 17th, 2003, 05:30 AM   #3
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a box with a big spire...5/10
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Old May 18th, 2003, 08:20 AM   #4
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4.5/10

How creative
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Old May 18th, 2003, 08:37 AM   #5
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5/10 typical 70's box
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Old May 18th, 2003, 08:03 PM   #6
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Hehe how nice....a box
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Old May 20th, 2003, 08:39 PM   #7
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cmon guys, it isnt that bad. 5.5/10
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Old May 26th, 2003, 05:12 AM   #8
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Old May 28th, 2003, 11:39 AM   #9
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I am not kind when dealing with boxes...and I am particularly harsh on plain ones. 4/10.
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Old May 28th, 2003, 09:05 PM   #10
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5/10 - **YAWN** - Not just a box, but a dull box - a bland facade, with windows like holes in a cheese grater, and one silly antenna on a flat roof...nothing of interest here at all.

Did SOM hand this job over to some of their newly hired draftsmen for practice, I wonder???

Goes to show that it's not just the shape, it's what the architect does with it...in this case, very little...
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Old June 8th, 2003, 08:07 PM   #11
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Old June 14th, 2003, 02:57 AM   #12
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I like this building ( I don't like the antenna)

BTW, this building contours and tapers at the bottom, but it's hard to notice unless you right there...

6/10
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Old June 16th, 2003, 09:12 AM   #13
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very creative! 6
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Old June 17th, 2003, 01:19 AM   #14
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5/10... Boring
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Old July 1st, 2003, 01:20 PM   #15
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10...i felt bad...
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Old July 2nd, 2003, 06:50 PM   #16
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Uhh...

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Old July 2nd, 2003, 11:39 PM   #17
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I'm the guy who usually loves boxes but I have to say that this is the biggest piece of crap I've ever seen, and I don't care for it's little "surprises".
Nothing can save this one...it's combination of a box (though that itself isn't what kills it), square windows, ugly color, and that hideous spire on top just makes me want to vommit.

2/10

And it further shocks me that this comes from SOM...the designers of skyscraper masterpieces such as the John Hancock Center and Sears Tower.

To be fare though, I think it looks nice at night.
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Old July 4th, 2003, 08:16 AM   #18
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it looks like a 1prudential plaza wannabe ...not creative nor impressing 4.5/10
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Old August 26th, 2003, 11:41 AM   #19
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Blah...what did they think on when they made this one? 4/10
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Old August 28th, 2003, 12:42 PM   #20
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box box box -1
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