Just a reminder that Pina Petricone pretty much put Daniels on blast during this talk for demanding an incredibly cheap building, despite the designers best efforts. Nobody should be surprised by how these turned out.
A few posts above linked a YouTube video of a speech the architect of this project gave on architecture and talked about this project. If I'm remembering correctly (watched the video few weeks ago), the reason for these gimmicks were to give the buildings interesting architectural detailing but without significant cost. Also, she mentioned that both tower designs were chosen because they fit into the 'City of the Arts' theme - one of them a ripple effect with frosted glass (which IMO would look pretty good if they had gone full wraparound balcony with frit a la Casa 2) and one a rhythmic pattern which is plain awful in execution. It's a video worth the hour or so of your time it runs.I don't understand why the two towers have different design "gimmicks". (West with the circles via balcony glass, east with with the different balcony lengths).
It would have been nice, but cost...these 2 towers are absolutely appalling to witness in person. banal and cheap beyond belief! again, the office portion was somewhat inspired... why not pick up on some of the style and materials it used and continue them in the towers?