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Old February 18th, 2009, 01:47 PM   #1
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Buildings or Skyscrapers that underwent a Renovation or Reconstruction

I have decided to start a thread about skyscrapers and buildings that have ever underwent a renovation and/or a reconstruction or were converted to another use. This isn't for buildings or skyscrapers which have been repaired after they were damaged by a major disaster, there's already a thread for that.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 11:24 PM   #2
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caesars palace early 1970s





late 1990s after a major renovation was carried out and a new tower built, all the old towers still stand but newly skinned

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Old February 19th, 2009, 01:46 PM   #3
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The BuroCenter Niebelungenplatz in Frankfurt was unpopular in its original design until it was reclad and renamed in the 1990s. Not sure what its original name was.

The building before the reconstruction:


The building after the reconstruction:
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125 Old Broad Street (The London Stock Exchange Tower) used to look like this:


And now after an extensive reclad, it looks like this:
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What, must I post in this renovation thread all by myself?! Okay, a number of tall buildings in Brussels, Belgium received a renovation or reconstruction. Take the Finance Tower for example. It used to be a golden skyscraper with a concrete core to its north. Now after an extensive renovation, it came out looking like it won the Emporis Skyscraper of the Year award.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 07:46 AM   #6
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If I post some more buildings in this thread, the others will come. Here are other buildings in Brussels that were reconstructed:

De Zuidertoren / Tour du Midi (150m)


Madou (120m)


Botanic Building (75m)


Astro Tower (107m)


Finance Tower (145m, 200m with antenna)


Atomium (102m)


TBR (proposed height extension from 80 m to 136 m)


One note: I think the old facade of the Madou Plaza and the Botanic Building look very similar.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #7
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Hows this for reconstruction, origional facade of a convent school was retained and a new apartment block built behind (doesnt look as weird in the flesh)



the rear, and those warehouse apartments hae been reconstructed as well (they were shells)

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Old April 5th, 2009, 10:02 PM   #8
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In Los Angeles, the AT&T Center recently finished a reclad.

Before:

After: image hosted on flickr


In 1994, the Union Bank Tower in Los Angeles also had a modest reclad.

Before: image hosted on flickr


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Old April 7th, 2009, 01:15 AM   #9
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In Buffalo, New York:

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What is that building supposed to be?
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What is that building supposed to be?
Great thread!

The former Dulski Federal Building in downtown Buffalo, NY is receiving an entire new use and face.

The new name, Avant, meaning moving forward in French, consists of a class A Embassy Suites Hotel, 2 million dollar condos (37 of them), Class A office space (already anchor tenant signed), and specialty restaurants.

The Avant has been under construction for about 2 years, and it will be open in a few short months.

www.avantbuffalo.com

under construction:

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Old April 7th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #12
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I love this one...



I am also glad the Transamerica in LA was redone. I always hated that building and thought it looked unfinished. The AT%T looks good, though.
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Old April 7th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #13
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Tour franklin reclad in Paris Montreuil (94 m).
Old clad:


New:


Tour Altaïs reclad in Paris Montreuil (88m)
Before


after reclad which is under way:


Tour Mozart reconstruction in Paris-Issy Les moulineaux:
Before, Tour EDF 80m destroyed


and replaced by Tour Mozard 97 m U/C.


Tour Gallieni reclad (78 m). Paris-Bagnolet
Before


after


A great number of renovation-reclad existed in the Business District Paris-La défense.

Tour First, former Tour AXA:
Before (159 m)


After Renovation in 2010 (225 m):


Tour Winterthur (119 m):
before


Aftre renovation in 1998:


Tour Europlaza:
Before, 122m:


After renovation in 1995, 135m:


Tour logica 117m:
before: on the right and background of this photograph.


After 2002:


Tour Opus 12, 95m:
before, Tower in the middle of the picture:


After 2002:


Tour Vectrane reclad, former Tour Anjou:
before

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After


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Old April 7th, 2009, 06:37 PM   #14
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Telekom building - Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Old April 7th, 2009, 10:36 PM   #15
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Verizon Building NYC,

before:



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Old April 8th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #16
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It's sad that nobody has respect for 1960' and 1970' architecture. Those towers needed only some cleaning and renovation, not a reclad...

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This is a very interesting thread. Here is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle just today that talks about a building that got re-skinned out here.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...&sn=003&sc=429
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Old April 8th, 2009, 03:03 AM   #18
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Some reclads are good, but others end up making the building worse. I mean, am I the only person in the world who genuinely likes the original look of both Verizon Buildings in New York? I think replacing it all with nice pale blue glass is just ugly.
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I second that. All that glitters is not gold.
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Tour Mozart reconstruction in Paris-Issy Les moulineaux:
Before, Tour EDF 80m destroyed


and replaced by Tour Mozard 97 m U/C.
This is a renovated/reconstructed buildings thread, not a highrise-buildings-demolished-to-make-way-for-taller-and-better-ones thread. The Mozart Tower shouldn't be in this thread.
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