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JP Morgan Chase Tower, Houston

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JP Morgan Chase Tower l HOUSTOn l 305m l 75fl

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JP Morgan Chase Tower
Houston, USA


HEIGHT: 305m/1,002 feet
FLOORS: 75 floors
COMPLETION: 1982
ARCHITECT: I. M. Pei

Upon completion in 1981, this 1,000-foot-high tower was the tallest building in Houston, the sixth tallest in the United States, the tallest granite-clad building in the world, and the tallest composite concrete and steel building ever erected. The tower, however, is only part of a 2.2 million s/f complex that includes a 1-acre public plaza, a linked 2,000-car garage with retail / athletic facilities, and a shopping concourse that interconnects with Houston's pedestrian tunnel system.

While the form and the shape of the tower were determined by skyline considerations, sitting was a conscious attempt at urban space creation. Set back into a corner, the tower leaves open two-thirds of the full-block site to create a public plaza that offsets the tower's mass and forms a common setting for the buildings that surround it.

One corner of the tower is sheared off at a 45° angle to produce a slender five-sided structure. The 75-story main facade is an 85-foot column-free span of butt-jointed glass and stainless steel that offers panoramic views of the entire west side of Houston. Loads normally carried by corner columns are transferred back to the tower's structural core — one that introduces the elevator "Sky Lobby" for the first time outside New York and Chicago. The "Sky Lobby" offers panoramic views of Texas' largest city.















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7/10

Nothing exceptional about it except its HEIGHT. The only nice thing is that its good for framing the skyline.
Height, height, height....Not much of a design..6/10
very corporate America! doesnt tickle my fancy that much though, 6.5

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Don't like how one side looks good, but flat on the other. Good that it is 5 sided though.

7/10
it looks a lot better during a sunset!! WOW!! . . otherwise 8/10 for being over 1000ft;)
A depressingly bland corporate box. Bletch!

6.0/10
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Uninteresting on almost all sides.

6/10
Looks good from some angles ugly from others. Very bland boring box with its only redeeming feature being the height. Even the five sides can't save it. 5.0/10
Rather plain by itself, but looks great in a skyline. Neat in person, looks huge. 8/10.
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6.0/10. There really isn't anything impressive about it.
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Its really big but the facade is kinda bland 6.5/10 ;)
Nothin' special exept for it's hight. OK to me
height and height! i love that!
UUGH, PEI DID THIS?!?

holy shit.

I don't mind the four regular sides of square windows (even though they're plain)

The fifth side with the rows of windows is just horrible though - in pictures, maybe when I see it in person my opinions will change.

6.0 (because I see a lot of those heh)

NP: Boston - Hitch a Ride
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5/10. An architecture critic called this the original building in a gray granite suit. It's not that it's bad, it's just that it so obviously could have been better.
Yet another shining Texas monolith that changes names at an alarming pace...read: banks...

6.
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I love how it "goes for it" in the slim height department. Otherwise it does nothing interesting.

6.5/10
Nice and tall, but a bit boxy and plain. 6.5/10
It's not a great tower.
It will have to do it with 6/10
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