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Old January 16th, 2007, 09:13 PM   #1
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Your Opinion: Classiest building in the world

Your opinion: Classiest building in the world?

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In your opinion, what is the classiest modern building or modern project (an old building but updated) in the world?

Please no old architecture, as that would create too many possibilities. In this case, classy = tasteful, attractive, eye-pleasing, not quirky or strange and lacking strange or mismatched design details just your idea of the most classy building in the world.

It can be a mixed-use centre, an opera house, a government building, or whatever you please.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 09:15 PM   #2
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The Galeries Lafayette mixed-use shopping centre in Berlin is my nomination for classiest modern building, undoubtedly. It's very tasteful, and it looks absolutely amazing in its heritage setting, surrounded by old, stone buildings. There's not one detail I'd change on it…

It’s supermodern, but without trying too hard; it's glass, yet it has a very substantial look to it, giving off a substantial vibe like that of an old, stone building.





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More and more I am finding Berlin to have more impressive architecture (to me) than anywhere else.

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Old January 16th, 2007, 11:16 PM   #3
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The Empire State Building!!!

I think this is a very classy building with its high reaching spire and art deco design.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 11:26 PM   #4
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It isn't a very modern building.

For me, I pick Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. I love the difference in facade and the shape. It is a very underrated building on SSC IMO.

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Old January 16th, 2007, 11:57 PM   #5
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Tower 42

http://www.lansley.com/photography/i...Tower%2042.JPG

ok so its not that well known and not that tall (42 stories) but i do really like to strong vertical lines that rise up the tower which make it look taller.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 11:58 PM   #6
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Tower 42 London,UK

http://www.lansley.com/photography/i...Tower%2042.JPG

ok so its not that well known and not that tall (42 stories) but i do really like to strong vertical lines that rise up the tower which make it look taller.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 12:01 AM   #7
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Tower 42 London,Uk



Since Tower 42 got re clad after a bomb attack i think that it looks much better with it cerved glass windows and strong vertical lines! It isnt tall (42 stories) or well known but it is very good looking.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 12:42 AM   #8
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Yeah! Sheraton Wall Centre is also up there!
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Old January 17th, 2007, 03:40 AM   #9
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Hard to pick just one...From last 5 years:

As a large-scale development: Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
As a large-scale development from the inside: The mall inside the Time-Warner Center, NYC

As a single tall building: IFC2, Hong Kong
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Old January 17th, 2007, 04:26 AM   #10
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The Galeries Lafayette mixed-use shopping centre in Berlin is my nomination for classiest modern building, undoubtedly. It's very tasteful, and it looks absolutely amazing in its heritage setting, surrounded by old, stone buildings. There's not one detail I'd change on it…

It’s supermodern, but without trying too hard; it's glass, yet it has a very substantial look to it, giving off a substantial vibe like that of an old, stone building.



That's the building in your avatar. You must like it a lot.

I at the moment do not have one. I don't know what to choose.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 04:29 AM   #11
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ok so its not that well known and not that tall (42 stories) but i do really like to strong vertical lines that rise up the tower which make it look taller.
is that the same as the NatWest Tower?
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Old January 17th, 2007, 05:05 AM   #12
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[QUOTE=Marcanadian;11333661] It isn't a very modern building.

For me, I pick Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. I love the difference in facade and the shape. It is a very underrated building on SSC IMO.

I stayed there a coupla years ago and its a great hotel. A local told me that the facade changes becasue town planners refused permission for the mirrored glass to go all the way up!
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Old January 17th, 2007, 08:34 AM   #13
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Im really liking how that new building in Shanghai is gonna look.
Ill have to see it when its done.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 08:43 AM   #14
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Although I like a lot of new architecture, each of my candidates for "most classy" is old.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 01:27 PM   #15
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Of those that I've been in, I'd have to go with the recently renovated Hilton Sydney:

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Old January 17th, 2007, 01:31 PM   #16
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To be honest I like Jin Mao and Taipei 101 - classical cultural architecture in modern shape and material




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Old January 18th, 2007, 03:17 AM   #17
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chrysler is the most classy building ever imo, . But since this isn't about old buildings, then I think the most classy modern building is pittsurgh plate steel place (PPG Place) in pittsburgh. at least from the outside it is

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Old January 18th, 2007, 03:26 AM   #18
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Yea, I can't decide between ESB or Chrysler. Empire State is bolder and looks more imposing so I choose it.
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Old January 18th, 2007, 12:16 PM   #19
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Jin Mao or Ropponggi Hills imo
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Old January 18th, 2007, 12:18 PM   #20
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Got to be the HSBC building in HK.
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