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View Poll Results: US Steel Tower/ USX Tower, Pittsburgh
10 40 7.84%
9.5 8 1.57%
9.0 34 6.67%
8.5 26 5.10%
8.0 57 11.18%
7.5 42 8.24%
7.0 69 13.53%
6.5 33 6.47%
6.0 34 6.67%
5.5 21 4.12%
5.0 35 6.86%
4.5 16 3.14%
4.0 21 4.12%
3.5 10 1.96%
3 or less 64 12.55%
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Old October 15th, 2002, 11:13 PM   #1
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#107 l US Steel Tower l PITTSBURGH l 256m l 64fl

US Steel Tower
Pittsburgh, USA


HEIGHT: 256m/841 feet
FLOORS: 64 floors
COMPLETION: 1970
ARCHITECT: Harrison, Abramovitz & Abbe

In its initial planning stages, the U.S. Steel Corporation considered building the world's tallest building. Once completed, it was the world's tallest building outside of New York and Chicago.
The exterior load-supporting structure and the skin are separate and mould the character of the facade. The steel columns stand out against the set-back curtain wall and accentuate the verticals, giving the facade a 3-dimensional quality. The materialisation of the external load-bearing structure is quite strriking: for the first time, the steel is exposed. This was made possible with a novel method - after performing fireproof tests - of constructing the columns. The hollow steel columns, which are positioned approximately 90cm in front of the facade, were filled with a water-based solution containing antifreeze and anti-corrosion additives. Apart from its originality, this method saved the client about $1 million.















Last three pics are from http://www.pittsburghskyline.com/
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Old October 16th, 2002, 12:52 AM   #2
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it is very imposing .. 6.5/10 . . . i keep forgetting it has a triangle shape. . and i heard somewhere that they planned back in the day to make this the world's tallest??
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Old October 16th, 2002, 01:07 AM   #3
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6.5/10. Nothing special.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 01:15 AM   #4
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it is very imposing .. 6.5/10 . . . i keep forgetting it has a triangle shape. . and i heard somewhere that they planned back in the day to make this the world's tallest??
yeah. Around 1970 it was planned to be the worlds tallest. I wonder what happened to that?
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Old October 16th, 2002, 02:01 AM   #5
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I added some pics and info for ya there... Hope you don't mind...


I really can't think of a design that would say "Pittsburgh" more than this. It is powerful, imposing, industrial, almost "dirty" looking. It shape reflects the triagular shape of the delta that DT Pittsburgh is built upon. The exposed structural steel is the perfect aestetic for a city affectionately known as the "Steel City'...

Not my favorite look for a tower, but the concept is very strong, and easy to read.

8.0/10
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Old October 16th, 2002, 09:51 AM   #6
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Quite a good triangular building, though it would look more interesting if it had more setbacks.

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Old October 16th, 2002, 01:57 PM   #7
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6.0 I don't like the fassade
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Old October 16th, 2002, 02:39 PM   #8
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A BIG GIGANTIC 10/10

i love this tower, one of my top 5 in the world. the steel work is amazing and the overall building is just so beautifully black. amazing, amazing, amazing. my only complaint is that i wish it were in my city, but it suits pittsburgh to a tee and is very much at home in "steel city"
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Old October 16th, 2002, 04:09 PM   #9
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8.5/10

Looks powerful and black suits it too. It has a triangular floorplan, which scores in my book..better than a predictable box.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 09:43 PM   #10
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Nah, I don't mind. Glad you added more. I couldn't find many on Google. And It still wont allow me to link images from sc.com
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Old October 19th, 2002, 10:46 AM   #11
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i dont like the colour... rest is good
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Old October 19th, 2002, 05:47 PM   #12
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Looks good up close. 7/10 Does it have a helipad?
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Old October 19th, 2002, 10:12 PM   #13
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Not great. 6.5/10.
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Old October 20th, 2002, 03:19 PM   #14
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Its interesting design and sleekness has the potential to appeal to people but I'm not getting anything.

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Old October 21st, 2002, 01:46 AM   #15
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Unusual and I like the windows 8/10
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Old October 21st, 2002, 03:15 AM   #16
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The steelwork is tremendous, as well as it's dominant Pittsburgh footprint! 7.
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Old October 21st, 2002, 09:21 AM   #17
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This tower kicks ass! The material (core-ten steel) is allowed to surface rust, sealing the inside and giving the building it's dark color and matt texture.

The look is not appealing to everyone but I love it. There is a nice plaza and the entrance to the building is big, glassy and transparant so that the bulk appears to "hover" over it. It's very unique and a nice innovation over the typical glass-box. Perfect for Pittsburgh!

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Old October 21st, 2002, 10:52 AM   #18
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It screams the U.S. steel industry. In context, an apt design and perfect for the P.R. department.

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Old November 10th, 2002, 06:29 AM   #19
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That is just ugly.

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Old November 11th, 2002, 01:54 AM   #20
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I would give it credit for the steel exo-frame and triangular shape. Perhaps it overdoes it in terms of trying to evoke industry, but it certainly is more articulated and interesting than most of the boxy skyscrapers of that period. Still, the black color makes it look ominous and ugly. IMO it would really help this building to paint the wall surfaces a lighter color and leave the beams black. That would both better highlight the exterior frame and make the whole thing look less like Darth Vader's earth headquarters. 7/10.
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