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It's not just about the grey spandrel, but also the smoky black tinted mobster glass, the mcmansion-style schlocky fauxstoric details of the precast/lighting/balcony railings/brick/facade, the crude manner it meets the corner, the lack of any real design direction here. Translation: it's a parts bin building picked out of an aisle at Home Depot.

Think I just like cold calculated modernism? Think again: Palais am Brandenburger Tor, Berlin by Langhof is my current favourite building. The details are there, it's original, unique and indeed handsome!
 
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Call me humourless, but I find the Palais (linked above) to be ill suited to its site, being too opulent, too glitzy for its location across from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, trivializing it. Major fail as far as I'm concerned. Interesting building, very wrong place.

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re: Palais am Brandenburger Tor - interesting building, I like the proportions, but you can bet if it were proposed anywhere here, there would be howls of outrage from many in T.O.....gauche, too glitzy, omg look at the mullions, McMansion condo, etc., etc...

Actually I think it would look great off Roncesvalles somewhere...

/Berczy started out great, but ended up off track.....
 

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New addition to the public art element:

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re: Palais am Brandenburger Tor - interesting building, I like the proportions, but you can bet if it were proposed anywhere here, there would be howls of outrage from many in T.O.....gauche, too glitzy, omg look at the mullions, McMansion condo, etc., etc...

Those people would be right.

Actually I think it would look great off Roncesvalles somewhere...

Right next to the HoJos. Context!
 
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Yeah, how dare they fill up a little nook with something interesting to look at?!

I really don't get the idea of "don't force [art] into the most unnecessary places". Art should be able to be located anywhere, and sometimes the most unexpected place for it can be a delight. I don't know much about this piece yet, but I'm looking forward to its completion, when it will be fairer to judge it.

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The topography on the art piece looks outstanding. And the art piece is quirky and mystifying and draws attention to the previous location of the shoreline. There are indeed plenty of cases where I too think "less is more" or where developers simply cram crappy "art" in because it's an obligation. But I don't see this as one of those cases.

Also, have a random pic. I took recently:

 

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