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Old January 5th, 2006, 11:53 PM   #1
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Four Extraordinary Skyscrapers

Empire State Building in Manhattan
Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bank of China tower in Hong Kong

According to the book called "Four Extraordinary Skyscrapers" by Edward Kiester

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Old January 6th, 2006, 01:58 AM   #2
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Thats nice but why would you waste a post on this?
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Old January 6th, 2006, 02:00 AM   #3
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How did they ever miss out chrysler building
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Old January 6th, 2006, 02:57 AM   #4
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He wants his post count to raise I guess
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Old January 6th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #5
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they are nice buildings, but not the best 4
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Old January 6th, 2006, 04:54 AM   #6
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they are nice buildings, but not the best 4
I agree with you, but that really depends on who you ask and is a completely subjective viewpoint. I will say that all four of them are widely considered to be among the top ten by a lot of skyscraper fans and admirers. The Empire State Building and Bank of China are among the most original and innovative structures ever built by man, IMO. The Petronas are amazing themselves and I like the Transamerica Pyramid, just wish it was a few hundred feet taller.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 05:00 AM   #7
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True about the Empire State Building and Bank Of China. The Transamerica Pyramid could have been taller but SF lies on a major earthquake zone.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 05:16 AM   #8
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all 4 are in my top ten, and imo deserve those awards. They arent my top 4 though, my top 4 is esb/chrysler/Boc/BOA Seattle. Petronas is down at #6 or 7 and transamerica at 9 or 10 because of the bad facade. It does have an extremely original design however
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Old January 6th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #9
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I don't find the BOA that attractive at all. I even find The US Bank Tower in LA more extraordinary! What other skyscraper has that look with a crown on top!

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Old January 6th, 2006, 05:30 AM   #10
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I'm quite fond of the US Bank Tower as well, although I liked it a whole lot more when it was the Library Tower and didn't have the awful US Bank lettering atop its unique and glowing crown at night. Oh, well.
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I'm quite fond of the US Bank Tower as well, although I liked it a whole lot more when it was the Library Tower and didn't have the awful US Bank lettering atop its unique and glowing crown at night. Oh, well.
At least that's better marking compared to the one in Milwaukee

But the US Bank Tower has a very unique design. The closest skyscraper to be inspired by this design is the UOB Centre in Singapore.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 02:18 PM   #12
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I don't find the BOA that attractive at all. I even find The US Bank Tower in LA more extraordinary! What other skyscraper has that look with a crown on top!

BOA is a very attractive building just take a look..



So tall and sleek and curvy near the bottom its amazing in my eyes
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BOA is a very attractive building just take a look..



So tall and sleek and curvy near the bottom its amazing in my eyes
I agree that The BOA is an attractive building and is a Seattle scraper landmark

But to me and again, to me, it's don't consider it as one of the four extraordinary ones.

I don't know but I really like the US Bank Tower!
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Old January 6th, 2006, 02:56 PM   #14
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they are great towers...but 4 of the best? i dont think so
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I still think The US Bank Tower can be one of the 4. The tower has a very unique design. It's the only tower I've seen with this kind of concept if not the OUB Centre in Singapore.

BTW, how about the Turning Torso?

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Old January 7th, 2006, 03:09 AM   #16
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What...nobody mentioned One Liberty Place...it's simply the most attractive look. Ewspecially at night where it's lit better than most skyscrapers.
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I think it would be better if this thread is called extraordinary skyscrapers instead.

Because there are alot looks extraordinary compared to others.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 04:28 PM   #18
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How did they ever miss out chrysler building
I'd guess because the person writting the book wanted each of the four to come from different eras in the 30's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 12:29 AM   #19
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What...nobody mentioned One Liberty Place...it's simply the most attractive look. Ewspecially at night where it's lit better than most skyscrapers.


I have consistently noticed this building mentioned on various person's "top" lists of buildings and I personally cannot see why. I find the proportions too stocky, the texture too cheap looking, and the overall design very bland and generic. However, I have not seen it in person so that may change my mind I suppose.

One major problem I have with this list: those damn Petronas Towers. I am not a fan of those things in the slightest and could think of AT LEAST 20 more buildings that I would consider "extraordinary" before those.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:37 AM   #20
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I don't find the One Liberty Place interesting as well. The Petronas is considered as an extraordinary not just it took the title of world's tallest outside The US but also the Islamic elements in the twin towers!
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