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Old March 3rd, 2006, 07:42 AM   #101
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I prefer buildings with spires though buildings without one can have the advantage of having a helipad on top!
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Old March 3rd, 2006, 07:41 PM   #102
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Spires can add a very nice finish to a skyscraper, but should be proportional to the building's height.
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Old March 3rd, 2006, 07:46 PM   #103
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Old April 30th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #104
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can you imagine Chrysler and ESB without theirs?

Only greivance I have is with the FT. I wish it was 1776 to the roof. no spire.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #105
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I prefer having spire.
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Old June 6th, 2006, 01:55 AM   #106
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i like spires when they finish off a building nicely, but I don't like spires on top of flat roofs
i.e. NY Times
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 12:42 PM   #107
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i prefer buildings with spires but it depends on the design though.
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 08:58 PM   #108
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Just after voting, I have set the post count equal. 153 and 153.
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 09:42 PM   #109
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Old November 4th, 2006, 11:58 PM   #110
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I still think that including a spire as height is like standing on your tippy-toes.
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Old November 8th, 2006, 06:52 PM   #111
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Spire is cheating but looks more elegant!
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Old November 9th, 2006, 12:04 AM   #112
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I still say including it in the height depends on if the spire is an integral part of the architecture and not just some cheap stick stuck on top to gain height. A great example of an architecturally pleasing spire is the Signature Tower in Nashville (when built). A bad example is New York's Freedom Towers (when built).
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Old November 14th, 2006, 05:36 AM   #113
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I personally love them on top of buildings that have been designed with a spire in mind. (Burj Dubai, Petronas).
I think the main problem comes from the 'official' tallest building measurements. If the tallest building were taken by height to roof then spires would only be for architectural purposes and you wouldn't see them on buildings that weren't designed for them.
This would solve most of the problems with ugly spires on buildings which are out of proportion with the design. All of the arguments about which is the 'tallest building' would also reduce. Such as the problem of comparing a building with a set of twigs (Petronas) versus a high roof and some fat antennae (Sears).

It will be a moot point in a couple of years anyway as we finally have a structure that has all five "tallest" measures: Highest habitable floor, highest roof, highest structural, highest pinnacle and highest manmade structure (supported or unsupported). Bring on Burj Dubai!

And I am not trying to start a measurement thread so dont get all in a huff and start arguing about which buildings are the tallest!! I'm just saying that the current form of measuring buildings is part of the reason why we have ugly spires.

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Old November 14th, 2006, 01:05 PM   #114
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I voted spire however as a few have already mentioned it depends on the design and if the building looked odd if it's spire was removed.
With regards to including spire in overall height and claiming it's taller than a building with higher roof is absurd.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 09:25 PM   #115
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i don't like very tall spires
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Old November 14th, 2006, 11:08 PM   #116
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I especially hate it when people call a skyscraper to be 1,000 ft when it only reaches it by the spire in which it would be less if it didn't have it.
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 05:11 AM   #117
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Quote:
Originally Posted by (((myx))) View Post
i prefer buildings with spires but it depends on the design though.
same here
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 05:22 AM   #118
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Same here also
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Old January 12th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #119
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I usually like spires. What I don't like are flat roofs.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 06:16 PM   #120
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I don' mind spires except when they're a stick just added on to give a false height record and don't have much architectural merit.
IMO one of the best examples of a fantastic spire is that of Chrysler building in NYC.
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