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stevanford1 Oct 26, 2019 12:53 PM

What are best and the worst skyscrapers in your city?
 
For Toronto:

Best:

First Canadian Place:
http://images.skyscrapercenter.com/b...vices-inc1.jpg

Scotia Plaza:
https://www.acotoronto.ca/tobuilt_bk...otiaPlaza1.jpg

Worst:

Grand Harbour:
https://www.emporis.com/images/show/...-sailboats.jpg
Emporis

Battery Park:
https://www.emporis.com/images/show/...oking-east.jpg
emporis

dc_denizen Oct 27, 2019 6:12 PM

new york

best

30 rock and the rest of rockefeller center

https://c8.alamy.com/comp/CPAW1D/30-...ter-CPAW1D.jpg

tower verre

https://images.skyscrapercenter.com/...ahill_1157.jpg

new york times building

https://www.propertyshark.com/Real-E...s_Building.jpg

20 exchange place

https://cdn-img-feed.streeteasy.com/.../124349500.jpg

general electric building

https://storage.needpix.com/rsynced_...74888_1280.jpg

500 fifth avenue

https://42floors.com/images/H235adf8...f7e0e547648a5c

williamsburg bank building

https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...re-id522091893




etc

worst

everything built in DT brooklyn in the last 10 years
everything with multicolored glass
anything with yellow glass
anything by frank gehry
anything with weird observation decks jutting out at 1200 feet
432 park (the big stick)
anything completely rectangular
madison sq garden
johnson's AT&T building
that stubby POS on roosevelt island that obscures the view of the Queensborough bridge

stevanford1 Oct 27, 2019 8:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dc_denizen (Post 8730806)
new york

best

30 rock and the rest of rockefeller center
tower verre
new york times building
20 exchange place
general electric building
500 fifth avenue
williamsburg bank building

https://42floors.com/images/H235adf8...f7e0e547648a5c



etc

worst

everything built in DT brooklyn in the last 10 years
everything with multicolored glass
anything with yellow glass
anything by frank gehry
anything with weird observation decks jutting out at 1200 feet
432 park (the big stick)
anything completely rectangular
madison sq garden
johnson's AT&T building

His building near the Brooklyn Bridge being the one exception. Gehrys buildings look like they were assembled by a board three year old! And I know I’m gonna get a lot of flack for this but I actually like 432!

Phil McAvity Oct 27, 2019 11:10 PM

DC, it helps when you post a list of buildings to name the one building pictured

This thread illustrates clearly how subjective architecture is because I consider First Canadian Place if not the worst building in Toronto, it's close, as it's devoid of any features, imagination, or ornamentation. I guess if minimalism is your thing you might like it but I sure don't. Scotia Plaza (almost as boring) is comparatively, an architectural masterpiece since they at least added something to it to try and make it palatable. Grand Harbour on the other hand has that cool bridge section between buildings which alone gives it a thumbs up. As the two tallest buildings in Toronto are your favorite, it seems that height alone is your criteria

As for Victoria's nicest building (we don't have skyscrapers here), I consider Shoal Point the nicest but many consider Sussex Place the best:

It's not until you get up close to see all the little architectural details and features that went into Shoal Point that you really appreciate it but it also explains why many of Victoria's priciest condo's are inside the building:

https://assets-listings.rew.ca/vreb_...745&fill=solid

Sussex Place:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...e_Victoria.jpg

I have no idea which is the worst as Victoria is filled with featureless residential high-rises, any of which could qualify

stevanford1 Oct 28, 2019 1:25 AM

For the forumers from NYC, check out New York Towers in North York for true awfulness :yuck:
https://nikolayklyushkin.files.wordp...-164793-35.jpg

stevanford1 Oct 28, 2019 1:27 AM

One of my favourites downtown:
https://toronto.citynews.ca/wp-conte...a99759f61.jpeg
citynews

Renn Oct 29, 2019 7:19 PM

I'll go residential to change things up here:

Best

X condominiums.
https://strata.ca/slate-image/proper...erior-2000.jpg
Strata Image

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7...db88f4c1_b.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7...db88f4c1_b.jpg

Worst

L Tower, I hate the look of this and it's rife with problems.
https://rentitfurnished.com/toronto/...-2-750x525.jpg
Rentfurnished image

Renn Oct 29, 2019 7:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevanford1 (Post 8731054)

One of the best for sure. It also seems to stand out more as time goes and more glass towers are built up around it.

kalabaw Oct 29, 2019 7:22 PM

First Canadian Place is too boxy and bland for me. The only thing going for it is that it remains as Canada's tallest skyscraper. For me, the most beautiful skyscraper in TO is the Scotia Plaza. Love its colour and how its shape changes depending on which side/angle you are looking from.

https://s3-ca-central-1.amazonaws.co...otia-plaza.jpg

Among its older buildings, I love the Bank of Commerce building which is right across Scotia Plaza.

https://torontoist.com/attachments/t...3BankTower.jpg

https://torontoist.com/attachments/t...FourFaces1.jpg

Its observation deck is decorated with huge art deco faces and offers a great view of downtown.
https://live.staticflickr.com/4190/3...8d8da7f3_b.jpg

Crawford Oct 29, 2019 7:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevanford1 (Post 8731053)
For the forumers from NYC, check out New York Towers in North York for true awfulness :yuck:

Are these just north of the 401? I think I've driven around these, on my way to a Persian restaurant.

kalabaw Oct 29, 2019 8:06 PM

Here in Winnipeg, where I currently live, I think the best skyscrapers are the older ones within the Exchange District. And my most favourite is the Union Bank Tower now Paterson Global Food Institute
https://live.staticflickr.com/5834/2...1f670fe7fe.jpg
2015-07-036
by Kalabaw Travels, on Flickr

Among the new ones, I would say the new True North Square takes the title
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wpg_Guy (Post 8639182)

As for the worst, I think it's the Public Safety Building. I mean, just look at this eyesore!
https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpre...y=70&strip=all

This will be replaced soon though. So since it will be gone, I think the worst would be the Fort Garry Place.

https://www.emporis.com/images/show/...arking-lot.jpg

It even has faux Grecian/Roman sculptures!!!! Eeek!
https://chicjujube.files.wordpress.c...0&h=800&crop=1

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5250371.156598538...t-winnipeg.JPG

volguus zildrohar Oct 31, 2019 8:44 PM

For Philadelphia, I'll give one vintage and one modern highrise that I love and one that I hate:

LOVE

Vintage: 1616 Walnut. We don't have a ton of Art Deco highrises when put up against comparable cities but the ones that exist are nice.


Graboyes

Modern: Three Logan Square. I will never not love this building.


Brandywine Realty Trust

HATE

Symphony House.

Just...look at it.


Harman Group

Renn Nov 6, 2019 10:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by volguus zildrohar (Post 8735404)
For Philadelphia, I'll give one vintage and one modern highrise that I love and one that I hate:

LOVE

Vintage: 1616 Walnut. We don't have a ton of Art Deco highrises when put up against comparable cities but the ones that exist are nice.


Graboyes

Modern: Three Logan Square. I will never not love this building.


Brandywine Realty Trust

HATE

Symphony House.

Just...look at it.


Harman Group

Symphony House is hideous. Looks like 3 different buildings were pieced together.

Ray from STL Apr 24, 2020 7:41 PM

The Chase Park Plaza is one of my favorite old art deco buildings in St. Louis, MO Built in 1929

https://thedasslereffect.files.wordp...ler-effect.jpg
thedasselereffect.wordpress.com

https://images.app.goo.gl/qRoC8NhCW8q5zsqm9
Hotelmanagement.net

The One Hundered apartment tower the next block over is my favorite new building here

https://ventana.vc/wp-content/upload...352093444.jpeg

i4isoar Jul 26, 2020 11:33 PM

Denver, CO:

Best: 1999 Broadway. Though it's neither the tallest nor most distinctive landmark on the Denver skyline, 1999 Broadway is, in my opinion, the most unique and architecturally interesting. It was built around (and on top of) an old and historic church, the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, so it looks almost like the two buildings are connected.

Worst: Brooks Tower. Sorry, is this Denver or the Bronx?


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