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Old Posted Jan 2, 2021, 3:42 AM
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[IMG]Soledad Street San Antonio by Raul Medina III, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Nice before shot, Raul. Do you have a "base" photo that you took a few years ago showing the whole skyline? (I'm sure you have a few of them.) It would be a good project to take the same photo every few months with matching lighting as new buildings are added, then create an animation
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I personally would like a little more glass, but I wouldn’t be mad if the project was built in with the design we originally saw.

I used to prefer more glass as a design element as well, but have come to believe that relying too much on glass seems somewhat of a lazy design alternative. I’ve grown to appreciate more classic architecture such as the neo-gothic Tower Life Building.

Another design feature (that I believe is uniquely San Antonio) are the earthy colors and materials used in design and construction of projects in Downtown San Antonio. When people travel to San Antonio, there are things that are impressed upon them. San Antonio is the gateway between the United States and Latin America, and living or traveling there you feel that. The various terra-cotta hues give San Antonio a sense of place. Many cities have cookie cutter glass high rise projects. But I remember when I lived in San Antonio, I loved walking downtown to catch the warm colors created from the late afternoon Sun, illuminating the buildings. I think it’s something that locals there should cherish and nurture.

San Antonio is a very unique and beautiful city amongst American cities, that can both embrace growth, and encourage quality projects that enhance and preserves its uniqueness.
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I used to prefer more glass as a design element as well, but have come to believe that relying too much on glass seems somewhat a lazy design alternative. I’ve grown to appreciate more classic architecture such as the neo-gothic Tower Life Building.

Another design feature (that I believe is uniquely San Antonio) are the earthy colors and materials used in design and construction of new projects in Downtown San Antonio. When people travel to San Antonio there are things that are impressed on them. San Antonio is the gateway between the United States and Central and South America and living or traveling there you feel that. The various terra-cotta hues give San Antonio a sense of place. Many cities have cookie cutter glass high rise projects. But I remember when I lived in San Antonio, I loved walking downtown to catch the warm colors created from the late afternoon Sun, illuminating the buildings. I think it’s something that locals there should cherish and nurture.

San Antonio is a very unique and beautiful city amongst American cities, that can both embrace growth, and encourage quality projects that enhance and preserves its uniqueness.
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Glass buildings are boring and commonplace. I don't love this building, but I do appreciate that it's not all glass. New York City is starting to get a lot of glass buildings, especially in Hudson Yards, and while NYC is huge the glass is starting to conflict with the uniqueness of the New York skyline. Stay interesting, San Antonio.
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Glass buildings are boring and commonplace. I don't love this building, but I do appreciate that it's not all glass. New York City is starting to get a lot of glass buildings, especially in Hudson Yards, and while NYC is huge the glass is starting to conflict with the uniqueness of the New York skyline. Stay interesting, San Antonio.
Totalllly agree! Glass is great and all, but some cities have so so much blue glass everywhere--It can look pedestrian/cheap. Keep it classy, SA.
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I wouldn't call the Frost tower "boaring" or "commonplace" quite the opposite actually, I call it "badass!" But that's me, there are some people here that just HAVE to be "that guy", when everyone says "up" they want to agree, but will still say "down". They can't help themselves, quite comical actually! Anyway, someone here called the brick in this building stunning. I think that's the perfect word for this building! Absolutely stunning! But, there is a way to improve on a already stunning building..... MORE GLASS!!!!!!
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This isn't really a glass tower, though. The facade materials are masonry (brick) and exposed concrete. Only the windows are glass, obviously. It's not the same as the Frost Tower, which is a glass curtain wall facade system.
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I wouldn't call the Frost tower "boaring" or "commonplace" quite the opposite actually, I call it "badass!" But that's me, there are some people here that just HAVE to be "that guy", when everyone says "up" they want to agree, but will still say "down". They can't help themselves, quite comical actually! Anyway, someone here called the brick in this building stunning. I think that's the perfect word for this building! Absolutely stunning! But, there is a way to improve on a already stunning building..... MORE GLASS!!!!!!
I don't expect anyone to remember, but I have said that Frost is an exception to the sucky glass building rule. I agree that it is badass. But that's because it has a great design, not just because it's glass. It's quite a stretch of the imagination to say (or imply) that because Frost is a badass building that all glass buildings are as good as it.

How about this? More badass glass buildings with great designs. Fewer unimaginative and boring glass buildings. And more buildings with great designs in general.

I actually like the design of 305 Soledad the way it is better than a plain glass building. I give it a 6 out of 10.
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Saw this picture on the skyscraper forum photo thread for Minneapolis, MN. This building looks a little like the propose tower.

Photo credit: Todd Jacobson
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