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Old February 12th, 2013, 10:06 AM   #121
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Oh, and I know the CN Tower isn't a skyscraper per se, but it is one of the ugliest structures ever. I don't understand why people like that monstrosity
It might not be to your tastes, but it was considered an engineering marvel when it was built. So much so that it was declared one of the 7 modern wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It was the tallest structure on earth for 34 years; that's quite a feat.

The CN Tower is a product of the 1970s: heavy, solid, and muscular. I used to find it ugly, but have done a complete 180 over the years. I now consider it both a classic and a master piece. It's also the tower from which I judge all others.

I know someone who actually moved to Toronto from the Netherlands because of this tower, I kid you not.

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Old February 12th, 2013, 10:41 AM   #122
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Baiyoke II is kinda ugly. I've been there.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #123
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It might not be to your tastes, but it was considered an engineering marvel when it was built. So much so that it was declared one of the 7 modern wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It was the tallest structure on earth for 34 years; that's quite a feat.

The CN Tower is a product of the 1970s: heavy, solid, and muscular. I used to find it ugly, but have done a complete 180 over the years. I now consider it both a classic and a master piece. It's also the tower from which I judge all others.

I know someone who actually moved to Toronto from the Netherlands because of this tower, I kid you not.
I agree. Bare concrete doesn't make a building ugly. These modernist structures ofte have more and better detailing than the recent built counterparts.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 04:02 PM   #124
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It's not great indeed, but where is it overrated?
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Old February 12th, 2013, 04:50 PM   #125
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Keeping in mind that "overrated" doesn't mean "bad," just that it's unworthy of the volume/type of praise received...


For me the building where the hype is way too disproportionate with the design has to be the Burj Khalifa. Simply being tall does not equate to being beautiful or the pinnacle of design. I think it's attractive and Dubai has done wonders in building itself into a modern city, but there are nary any elements about the structure that stand out as stunning design features, marvels of architecture or aesthetically trend setting. Yet the volume of exposure, publicity and praise heaped upon this building has been as deep as the building is tall! Compared to the grace of Petronas, which received far less press, Khalifa is vastly overrated.

The Empire State Building could be considered, but it did incorporate many high forms of its style and innovations that built the reputation we know today. That many find it overrated today is in part because of how we've evolved in design since ESB came along. That being said Chrysler is the far more attractive and well done architectural piece of the two. It simply gets far less exposure since ESB has the public viewing platform.

However, 432 in New York City is poised to overtake the Burj Khalifa, IMO. While it may be an engineering feet to build something so tall and so thin, as an architectural piece I've yet to see anything redeeming of high form. It's as mindless to me as the structures in Minecraft, yet there are many who're preparing to call it the pinnacle of design! Fie, I say!

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Old February 12th, 2013, 05:27 PM   #126
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In my opinion, simplicity is a redeeming feature. There are similarly thin and tall towers in Dubai that nobody really cares much about because of their design. They don't really appeal to the simplicity lovers or the detail lovers, so they're not that special.

432 park is a building one can either like or dislike. I personally don't really like how the cladding is laid out, but the rest of it seems like a cool idea. Looks like one of those futuristic scenes from an old movie



@isaidso I too adore the CN Tower!
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Old February 12th, 2013, 05:53 PM   #127
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he got lost in this thread maybe...
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Old February 12th, 2013, 11:13 PM   #128
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IMHO Shard, TransAmerica, and Petronas Towers are all overrated buildings. They're impressive in height and unique, they just don't do anything for me.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 03:14 AM   #129
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Not much of a pyramid fan, huh?
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Old February 13th, 2013, 04:43 AM   #130
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i seriously think the Jin Mao is overrated i think its one of the ugliest buildings ive ever seen lol it just looks brown and dirty
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I think the cladding detailing on that one is gorgeous, but the shape is ehhhh...
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Old February 13th, 2013, 04:58 AM   #132
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I think the cladding detailing on that one is gorgeous, but the shape is ehhhh...
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i just hate it lol i do like its neighbor alot tho swfc
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Old February 13th, 2013, 05:07 AM   #133
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@1Filipe1
You're of course entitled to your own opinion, but Jin Mao is definitely not brown. Only at dusk and dawn it sometimes looks like that (thanks to the highly reflective cladding).
Its "normal" color is silver/blue.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 05:19 AM   #134
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You're of course entitled to your own opinion, but Jin Mao is definitely not brown. Only at dusk and dawn it sometimes looks like that (thanks to the highly reflective cladding).
Its "normal" color is silver/blue.
i said it looked brown, maybe with the pollution makes it always look brown..but i only ever seen it brown either way i hate the design lol
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Not much of a pyramid fan, huh?
I didn't even consider that lol. Maybe I'm not a pyramid fan. I do like pyramid tops on towers though.
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I agree that Jin Mao Tower looks dirty from afar and is overrated.

Another one I would like to point at was the old World Trade Center of New York. They looked like two commie blocks from the 70s. I just wish they could have razed them when there were no people nearby though... :/
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Commieblocks??




What commieblocks have you seen that look remotely like this?
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Another one I would like to point at was the old World Trade Center of New York. They looked like two commie blocks from the 70s. I just wish they could have razed them when there were no people nearby though... :/
That is just an utterly ridiculous statement.
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