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Old January 8th, 2005, 03:10 PM   #1
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DISCUSS: Best Skyscraper Architect

This week's title is 'Best Skyscraper Architect'.
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Old January 8th, 2005, 03:19 PM   #2
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Norman Foster or Rem Koolhaas are my Favourites
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Old January 8th, 2005, 04:01 PM   #3
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Could we nominated SOM, or does it have to be a specific architect?
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Old January 8th, 2005, 07:00 PM   #4
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^ yea i would nominate SOM, but if it had to be a single person i would nominate Foster
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Old January 8th, 2005, 07:04 PM   #5
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I'm voting Pelli definitely.

Outstanding portfolio....

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
2 International Finance Center, Hong Kong
Cheung Kong Center, Hong Kong
World Financial Center Complex, New York City
Bloomberg Tower, New York City
Carnegie Hall Tower, New York City
Goldman Sachs Tower, Jersey City
Key Tower, Cleveland
Bank of America Building, Charlotte
777 Tower, Los Angeles
One Canada Square, London
1500 Louisiana, Houston
Wachovia Center, Winston-Salem
Wells Fargo Center, Minneapolis
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Old January 8th, 2005, 07:16 PM   #6
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Some examples of Sir Norman Foster's portfolio:

SwissRe, City of London
HSBC Global Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London
Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt
Hearst Tower, New York
Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank HQ, Hong Kong
Canary Wharf Underground Station, London
City Hall, London
Reichstag, New German Parliament
Wembley Stadium, London
Hong Kong International Airport
Willis Building (51 Lime Street), City of London
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Old January 8th, 2005, 09:54 PM   #7
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I.M Pei Is The Bomb!!

1. I.M. Pei and Partners
(designed Bank Of America Tower, Miami A.K.A. International Place)





(also designed the pryamid entrance to the Louvre)




2.??
3.??

My second and third nominations are up for grabs. Show me some good projects and I'll nominate your architect..
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Old January 9th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #8
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I think Pelli and Foster get my second and third nominations. Those are some impressive portfolios!!
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Old January 9th, 2005, 02:39 AM   #9
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Helmut Jahn(Murphy/Jahn)

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Messeturm,Frankfurt
Sony Center,Berlin
European Union Headquarters,Brussels
Cityspire,New York
Fortis Bank Tower,Rotterdam
Illinois State Office Building,Chicago
First National Bank(Bank One Plaza),Chicago
One America Plaza,San Diego
Hyatt Regency Roissy,Paris
Horizon Serono,Geneva
Burbank Media Center,Burbank(California)
Airport Cologne/Bonn,Cologne
New Bangkog Int. Airport,Bangkog
Shanghai Int. Expo Centre,Shanghai
Highlight Towers,Munich
Neues Kranzler Eck,Berlin
Civic Center,Chicago
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Old January 11th, 2005, 12:39 AM   #10
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IMHO, I.M. Pei, Norman Foster and Cesar Pelli, while having done some outstanding work, each fail to address urban context repeatedly - often stamping their megaprojects on top of urban landscapes in an inappropriate fashion (give them a greenfield site or they will bulldoze one), are hit and miss on their projects and consistently prove that they cannot think of new ideas. They are just like Harry Seidler in that sense - take the same tower, tweak it here and there, and rebuild it 5 times before moving on to a new design!!! Not to mention, each of these 3 architects, while creating geometrically aesthetic towers from time to time, has been responsible for some of the least user-friendly towers, for instance, Bank of China in HK which is criss-crossed by highways and completely un-pedestrian friendly.
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Old January 11th, 2005, 01:47 AM   #11
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I.M Pei, Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava (I guess he design one building didn't he), Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry
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Old January 12th, 2005, 03:15 AM   #12
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IM Pei, Foster, Piano, Pelli and SOM
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Old January 28th, 2005, 04:05 AM   #13
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Old February 21st, 2005, 09:42 PM   #14
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Old February 21st, 2005, 09:48 PM   #15
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IM Pei and Pelli...
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Old February 21st, 2005, 10:54 PM   #16
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I'm really not sure... Foster, Pelli, SOM... all have created some increadible designs.

As for the existing buildings IMO Foster takes the crown. Swiss RE and 8 Canada Square (HSBC) are some of my favorite skyscrapers.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 11:47 PM   #17
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To me 8 Canada Square doesn't really look too innovative. I still prefer Pelli's Petronas and Pei's BOC.
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Old February 22nd, 2005, 01:12 AM   #18
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 10:06 PM   #19
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Santiago Calatrava!
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Old March 4th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #20
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Calatrava is my fav at the moment, but he's not really a skyscraper architect. Otherwise:
Piano
Foster
Pelli
Pei

Of the "classics" Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, but they are also not skyscraper architects per se.
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