It's not a binary situation, there are shades of gray here that include a difference between cross bracing that has no effect other than aesthetic, and a cladding material that is a more attractive veneer covering a less appealing one: you still have to clad the building, so it might as well be pleasing to the eye (and the brick veneers should provide decades of maintenance-free wear).
Also in the shades of gray department: I used the word 'ribbing' which indicates a good-natured poke, not a full-on dressing down. I know the cross-bracing isn't a crime against humanity… it's just not functionally honest 'tis all!
Totally fair! I'm not trying to come down on you or anyone who doesn't appreciate the cross bracing, nor do I really think brick veneers are a 1:1 comparison. Indeed the prevailing wisdom here seems to be that their functional dishonesty makes the bracing a poor design choice. I'm just trying to express an alternative view that, for me at least, the hi-tech adornment is still refreshing and welcome in a city where most contemporary office projects, though crisp, are architecturally restrained to a fault. So I counter your rib with one hearty pat on the back for our pals at HPA. =P