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Old April 24th, 2011, 12:11 PM   #101
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I do appreciate the architecture and the details, but I simply don't find this building attractive. It doesn't seem to fit in an otherwise beautiful Oslo.
And you are free to mean that, however it's worth pointing out the city hall have been voted the best building in Oslo by the Oslo residents themself. So obviously someone do like it. It's hard to please everybody and buildings who set out to do it usually ends up as bland boxes.

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Old April 24th, 2011, 12:36 PM   #102
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I didn't realize it had been posted previously in this thread.

I admit it does look better from the front.
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Old April 24th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #103
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...in_Mississauga

Mrs. Sauga's is pretty bad. It looks like a prison with a watchtower.
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Old April 24th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #104
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Newcastle in England also has a pretty decent slab of concrete as its city hall which is called the 'Civic Centre'
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Old April 26th, 2011, 08:48 AM   #105
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I think the design of Toronto's city hall is very nice and innovative, and the public space provided by Nathan Phillips Square adds to it. HOWEVER, I'd like to see what it looks like with windows on the back. I know that's either impossible or disgustingly expensive to actually do, but I think it would astronomically improve the structure when viewed from anywhere other than the front.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 09:54 AM   #106
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the Hennepin county government center in Minneapolis is pretty much 2 huge concrete slabs:


luckily that is just a government center and our city hall across the street is much better:
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Old April 26th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #107
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Interesting, Minnie's city hall looks like a copy of Toronto's old city hall. same architect?

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Old April 28th, 2011, 06:47 AM   #108
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Even though southern Ontario isn't considered the 'Midwest' because it's Canada, it really does seem to have a lot in common with this US region. It also goes a long way in explaining why Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, etc. feel so much like home despite being in another country.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:43 PM   #109
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It’s not ugly in any way. It might be a bit outdated but that nothing that a good re-clad wouldn’t fix. I think it has potential to look very modern and beautiful if it had the right glass. The Bow in Calgary is dam near the same shape. It is one of the best looking skyscrapers in the world. The right improvements to this city hall could make your thread seem awfully redundant.
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Old April 29th, 2011, 08:14 PM   #110
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I think the thread was redundant at the beginning, personally. I don't want to see it modernised; it is a stellar product of the '50's and should be protected as such. Look at all the beautiful Georgian buildings that got butchered by Victorians hell-bent on "modernising" them. I don't want everything to look like it was just built in 2011. The Bow must have been heavily influenced by Toronto's City Hall.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 01:36 AM   #111
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Your right, it’s a dam good building. The tread was redundant before it was started. It’s foolish really, and it is just an attempt at putting down a Canadian, institution, nothing more.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 01:40 AM   #112
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Even if Toronto's City hall is unattractive, i fully oppose any kind of modernization or re-clad of the building. I fully appreciate the structure even if i don't find it beautiful.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 01:54 AM   #113
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Brutalist buildings are momentary out-of-fashion, but they will have a comeback. I dislike neoclassical and Chicago-style buildings a lot and would easily torn them down to build some brutalist gems in their place.

What I like about brutalism is that it impresses, shock and awe whomever comes across one of its good and representative structures. It leaves no room for competition for attention, and it obliterates whatever frill-full, Romanesque or overly adorned buildings in the vicinity. As so, they achieve architecture success and becomes object of jealously of other styles that can mix with it because they are less impressive.

(On a sidenote: I also like its opposed style, minimalism. Both are architectural styles that take off the human touch of buildings, and make them stand on their own).
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Old May 5th, 2011, 05:13 AM   #114
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This is the City Hall of Curitiba, capital city of the state of Paraná, southern Brazil. It's kinda ugly, and these paintings are weird.
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C M Rech

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And this is the old City Hall (called Paço da Liberdade, or Liberty Palace) built in 1916 and turned into a museum in 1969. Today it's a cultural center in the heart of downtown.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 05:35 AM   #115
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I always find Clearwater, FL's City Hall pretty tasteless

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Old May 5th, 2011, 03:23 PM   #116
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I always find Clearwater, FL's City Hall pretty tasteless

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It looks like a knockoff of the Hawaiian State Capitol!
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Old May 6th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #117
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Brutalism will never be considered art. It is plain shit, and will always be so. Half of these ugly city halls should be torn down.

And Fort Worth's... ugh. What an abomination.
Thing is, there have been efforts to move it to this place:

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... the old Post Office.... THAT should be our City Hall.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 08:26 AM   #118
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Old May 7th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #119
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City Hall in downtown Oklahoma City by caseycornett, on Flickr

Oklahoma City's City Hall I have no idea how this survived urban renewal.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 11:19 AM   #120
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City hall of Liège in Belgium.



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