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JP Morgan Chase Tower, Houston

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  • 3 or less

    Votes: 39 7.1%

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

7/10
 

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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
 

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Nothin' special exept for it's hight. OK to me
 

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

6.5/10
 

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Nice and tall, but a bit boxy and plain. 6.5/10
 
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