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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #141
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Tokyo wat r you doin?! Tokyo stahp!

That Shinsei Headquarters surprise me, the building looks like it is in excellent condition and the even the design looks not outdated. It's only 20 years old.

Also the destruction of the Sofiel came as a surprise to me.

In Simcity 3000 unlimited there was a building inspired by the sofitel.
The Shinsei Bank headquarters was constructed as the headquarters of the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (LTCB), who went belly-up starting in 1991, even before the building was completed in 1993. It's vacant today, and what's proposed is slightly smaller, two likely reasons why it'll be demolished.

Sofitel Tokyo was product of Kiyonori Kikutake and his role in the conceptual post-war metabolist movement. I assume its unorthodox design and noncentral location from comparable hotels (even though it did front Ueno park) resulted in its demolition for an far less inspiring residential tower.

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Not a skyscraper, but this is the tallest building ever demolished in my hometown, Fuengirola, Spain. Apartamentos Olivia, 11 floors tall. It will be replaced by a 5-star 14-floor hotel.
It's the one on the right:


What a waste of a decent building! Any renders of the replacement? Maybe it's actually better.

The Central Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong was the biggest loss in recent years. Yes, it was a postmodern building and you could argue it had little value, but I always looked at it as echoing the past Victorian buildings of the city. Of course, it's also much better than the glass box on the site today.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:22 PM   #142
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Yeah, it looked pretty nice.

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Do you mean the one on the left?

There's enough of this 90s tack in the city...
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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:34 AM   #143
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There's plenty of monotonous modernist boxes as well. When considering Hong Kong's heritage, postmodern buildings with traditional features make more sense.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #144
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The developer plans to re-create 2 of the exterior walls; that's what passes for preservation in this city these days. As long as it appears from a distance that the building is still there, it is.
They did the same thing with the Farwell Building, as 12-story building on Michigan Avenue that is now part of the The Ritz-Carlton Residences tower. They call it a restaurantion but it's really more of a rape.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 06:56 PM   #145
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I just want to ask, what makes the Singer Building special so that everyone crys over it? Is it its height? Its replacement? Simply its design?
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Old May 14th, 2013, 07:11 PM   #146
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Besides being irreplaceable, it was the world's tallest building for a very brief moment in time.

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They did the same thing with the Farwell Building, as 12-story building on Michigan Avenue that is now part of the The Ritz-Carlton Residences tower. They call it a restaurantion but it's really more of a rape.
How can we pretend to be cultured when we have such a cavalier attitude towards our history? You'd think we'd learn from our mistakes, but continue to destroy these precious links to our past. Barbaric.

That said, thank you for the link to that 'facadectomy' in Chicago.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 10:59 PM   #147
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I didn't really like the Singer too much, it had a really weird shape and roof, but there's still the (better, imo) Whitehall Building which is in the Art Nouveau style.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 12:43 AM   #148
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How can we pretend to be cultured when we have such a cavalier attitude towards our history? You'd think we'd learn from our mistakes, but continue to destroy these precious links to our past. Barbaric.
I'm still baffled by the thumbs up to raze the Prentice Women's Hospital Building in the self declared city of architecture. That's nothing short of a ******* shame and no one with authority is doing anything about it.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 12:45 PM   #149
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Okay, here is the line-up for what I have called the Rubble Cup. Starts May 19th.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #150
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Concerning historic preservation incorporating old facades into new designs, I've seen some pretty good examples in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, whereas land is so expensive that redevelopment is usually necessary. The Hearst Tower in NYC is also worth mentioning. Conversely, Washington D. C. is the poster child of stupid preservation. I also think the examples in Toronto and Chicago are fugly. Maybe it's because of the fact the buildings "demolished" are mid-to-high rises, and the whole preserved facades look so out of place with the new structures. I don't know much about Toronto, but what was previously said about most of the building's remains ending up in the city dump sounds about right, because that's just how Canadians function. As for the Farwell Building in Chicago, it might as well altogether have been demolished, because Chicago has much better Art Deco buildings preserved, and I believe the new structure is an acceptable sacrifice.

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Old May 16th, 2013, 06:34 PM   #151
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What a waste of a decent building! Any renders of the replacement? Maybe it's actually better.
I'm glad you think it's a decent building, actually it was pretty decent for a building of late 60's early 70's, most of the local architecture is much worse than that, there aren't any renders yet, but I think the new building will be wider, so that's worse for the views and sun, at least it will be 5-star, so I expect some good quality, previous 4-star hotels in this town from the same developer are these:
Hotel Yaramar: http://www.emporis.com/images/show/243533-Large.jpg

Hotel Florida:

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Old May 17th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #152
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The building that is going on the site in the future has the name of Corporativo BBVA Bancomer. It has a height of 220 metres 50 floors. The site is located next to the Torre Mayor and Torre Reforma and will be constructed from 2010 to 2012.
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the World Trade Center is poised to win this!
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Old July 24th, 2013, 06:53 AM   #154
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To the west of the McCormick Place East building in Chicago was the McCormick Hotel, which stood from its opening in 1973 until its passing in 1993. It made way for the McCormick Place South Building. 92 m (902 ft); 25 floors; 625 rooms.
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Old August 6th, 2013, 09:27 AM   #155
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Really amazing to see this how they build skyscrapers at that time 1899 AD while Dubai never was there
And people were living in tent or mud houses that the same about other gulf countries( Qatar , Saudi ,Bahrain , ...etc )
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Old August 6th, 2013, 01:08 PM   #156
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Probably gone soon - the BASF Highrise in Ludwigshafen Germany, formerly the main administration office of the biggest chemical producer in the world:

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Old August 6th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #157
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Where are they moving to?
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Are there plans for a replacement?
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Old August 9th, 2013, 03:01 AM   #159
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Belmont Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, 1906:

http://faculty.kirkwood.edu/ryost/st...t%20(1915).gif

Replaced by the smaller Airlines Building, 1930s:

http://citynoise.org/upload/34358.jpg

The land was re-utilized with 120 Park Avenue in 1983:

http://untappedcities.wpengine.com/w...ark-Avenue.jpg

Still, it's a shame NYC lost such a grand building for Pan Am Headquarters Junior, and decades before mass atrocities (almost like a precursor).
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I can't believe something like the Savoy Plaza Hotel Was demolished. A priceless gem tossed away.
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