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Lachlan Holmes

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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).
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.
 

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^^^ In that video, Pina Petricone, the architect, basically revealed, despite herself, that Daniels demanded something cheap, cheap, cheap, and then cheap some more, so she and her team strived to create some sort of design interest via cost-conscious "balcony architecture," with little success as we all can see.
 
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They definitely went cheap, because it looks like the inner side of each tower have nothing going on. It would've been better if:
  1. they just stuck to one gimmick for both towers, and applied on all sides
  2. the west sides of both towers had one gimmick, and the east sides has the other (same for north/south)
For #2, the view from the east (per images above) look extra bad because the taller west tower is a terrible background - it offers no continuity to the alternating balcony length of the east tower.
 

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