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Old March 17th, 2015, 02:17 AM   #1
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Tornado Tower - Tulsa, OK.

There is no height listed, but from the render it appears to be between 250-300 feet in height. I can see this pissing some nimby's off, especially since Tornados have proven to be so destructive and deadly in this region. Looks pretty good though, I just wish there was more info on it.

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Last year, Tulsa, Oklahoma solemnly marked the 40th anniversary of the worst tornado in the city's history, an event that has been compared to "a scene from Twister," that caused $212M of damage (in today's dollars) and killed 16 people in the county. Given the city's reputation for nigh-apocalyptic tornadoes, it's a bit surprising that a local architecture firm would like to replace a 28,000-square-foot parking garage with a tower shaped like, you guessed it, a cyclonic storm cloud of death. "This would be Tulsa's Space Needle," an architect from Kinslow, Keith & Todd told Tulsa People, which asked local architecture firms to dream up proposals for three downtown sites in need of redevelopment.

The glass-clad building would house the Oklahoma Weather Museum and Research Center along with a rotating restaurant and bar, so the design is somewhat fitting even if could potentially traumatize passersby. A spiral staircase would wrap around the core of the building, while perforated metal panels lined with lights will create the illusion that the tornado tower is whirling.

"We took a whimsical approach to the solution," said architect Whit Todd. "We really want people—when they see this building for the first time or 10th time—to smile."
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Old March 17th, 2015, 08:33 PM   #2
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Good idea for a weather museum. I wouldn't mind the shape of the building. It reminded me of the Seoul City Hall building, which looks like a tsunami:

Article ("The unfortunate implications of Seoul’s tsunami-shaped City Hall"):
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