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Old March 19th, 2013, 06:51 AM   #161
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Anyone who thinks the WTC was just "some big old borin' boxes from the 70s" does not have a full appreciation of architecture.
Maybe a partial appreciation at best, but not a full one. These towers were so important, as well as the rest of the International Modernist architectural movement.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 10:24 PM   #162
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most of the buildings listed heree are amazing....i dont knw what criteria in a design tht u guys considered perfect.....i am surprised,jinmao,shanghaitower,petronas,even burj khalifa and chrysler,these are magnificent......for me burj al arab is overated,tht so called 7 star hotel is ugly
A journalist who described the Burj Al Arab as a "Seven star hotel" was literally overrating the place since no recognized hotel rating organization awards a rating beyond a maximum of five stars (or diamonds)!

As architecture I do not think it is overrated since it achieved is purpose of attracting a lot of attention with its iconic shape.
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Old March 21st, 2013, 02:45 PM   #163
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i think burj al arab is not overrated..its deserve to be architecture wonder
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Old March 21st, 2013, 08:43 PM   #164
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Indeed, whoever sees it in real life will be impresed. No doubt.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 12:03 PM   #165
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I've seen it in real life and it wasn't that good.

It's alright, but nothing special.

I think One Canada Square in London is overrated. British people seem to hold it up as some beacon of design, probably because it was their tallest tower for years, essentially their only tower for years. It's not that great, in fact it's pretty boring.



I guess when you're a country starved of skyscrapers, any old thing will do. Luckily now they have some nice new ones.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 01:02 PM   #166
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I've seen it in real life and it wasn't that good.

It's alright, but nothing special.

I think One Canada Square in London is overrated. British people seem to hold it up as some beacon of design, probably because it was their tallest tower for years, essentially their only tower for years. It's not that great, in fact it's pretty boring.

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It's also a very generic design, built in several cities.
I agree that London has some pretty exciting new stuff at the moment.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 01:30 PM   #167
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I think One Canada Square in London is overrated. British people seem to hold it up as some beacon of design, probably because it was their tallest tower for years, essentially their only tower for years. It's not that great, in fact it's pretty boring.
I find most skyscrapers that go up in London are over rated. They get attention because they are in London. If they had been built somewhere else no one would pay much attention. The British press certainly know how to trumpet their own.

Many London buildings come off as gimmicky, neophyte, and attention seeking. They're trying way too hard to impress people. Hopefully the designs will become more elegant/timeless as we move forward. If things continue as they have, it will end up looking more like a dog's breakfast.

That said, the Shard is a great building. One Canada Square? It's conservative, but it will age very very well. That's more than I can say for the Gherkin, Cheese Grater, Walkie Talkie, etc.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:13 AM   #168
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but what about the 30 St Mary Axe?
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 12:17 PM   #169
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I find most skyscrapers that go up in London are over rated. They get attention because they are in London. If they had been built somewhere else no one would pay much attention. The British press certainly know how to trumpet their own.

Many London buildings come off as gimmicky, neophyte, and attention seeking. They're trying way too hard to impress people. Hopefully the designs will become more elegant/timeless as we move forward. If things continue as they have, it will end up looking more like a dog's breakfast.

That said, the Shard is a great building. One Canada Square? It's conservative, but it will age very very well. That's more than I can say for the Gherkin, Cheese Grater, Walkie Talkie, etc.
While I agree about OneCanada and Walkie Talkie, I don't feel that the Gherkin or Leadenhall will age at all. They're both unique enough to be remembered for years. Even though 30 St. Mary Axe already got some clones, it's most likely the only building you think of when you see its shape.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 02:31 PM   #170
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I like the Gherkin, and it will age well. The Shard has been constructed about 30 times before in China so no one in the rest of the world will really care about it in a few years.

But buildings like the walkie talkie will just look silly in 30 years.

Isaidso really hit the nail on the head. Britain just isn't a country of skyscrapers, and London can't compete with Frankfurt or Paris.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 02:59 PM   #171
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Gherkin tower, one ugly and stupid design; can't believe it got approved.
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Indeed, whoever sees it in real life will be impresed. No doubt.

The outside is nice, but the interior is damn horrible!
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 04:15 PM   #173
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I like the Gherkin, and it will age well. The Shard has been constructed about 30 times before in China so no one in the rest of the world will really care about it in a few years.
Wow, I ddn't realize 30 glass pyramids have been built in China.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:47 AM   #174
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I don't know if I should have posted this in the Ugly thread or here... This could be on both...

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Why do you think the Dubai buildings are overrated? Overrated means that they are recognized by many people as good buildings and you don't agree.
Can't tell this about Dubai skyscrapers, because everybody thinks they are tacky.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 02:06 PM   #176
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Burj Khalifa / The Petronas Towers / The Oriental Pearl Tower / The Shard .

@umarpk: I disagree, the Gherkin is so iconic, it ages very well, that's a great looking tower.
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Overrated means that they are recognized by many people as good buildings
Overrated means that they are recognized only by (many) dilettantes - people who are blind or have no sense of aesthetics.
Dubai is the most terrible example of architectural shit on Earth as even the pure desert sand is more beautiful.
Einstein said that human stupidity is boundless, and Dubai is a good evidence for his claim.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 02:43 PM   #178
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i think dubai has amazing skyline just some crappy building...
btw,tht spinning tower on tht pic looks interesting
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Old March 24th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #179
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Wow,too much hate to Dubai. Also i think its the most hated city in the world and terribly underrated. Also, some buildings of the marina like the infinity,pentominium or ocean heights are amazing.
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My favourite skyscraper is in an even more hated city (Pyongyang)
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