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Old Posted Jan 18, 2017, 5:03 PM
LouisVanDerWright LouisVanDerWright is offline
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Originally Posted by Notyrview View Post
Yes, it is a copy. But they spent a great deal of time thinking about the cladding and it's relationship to the river. The setbacks are good and the engineering of the cantilever is impressive. It doesn't look clumsy.
I love how every building that reuses any aesthetic or structural solution is "a copy". It's almost as if you guys have never read anything about architectural history. You do realize we were still slapping false Ionic columns on the front of buildings for thousands of years without even thinking about why we were doing it right? Merely reusing a structural solution (hard to even call the original use of it in this case a "solution" really since it's basically just flair in the desert) in a building on the otherside of the world does not a copy make.

Look at Frank Lloyd Wright's designs, was Robie House "Phoned in" because it rehashed designs and themes and solutions Wright first used in the Martin House, Heller House, etc? Look at Sullivan, was the Wainwright Building "phoned in" because it is basically a more refined redux of the Prudential Building in Buffalo? Absolutely not and you would be laughed at by anyone who has a knowledge of architectural history if you said such a thing.

Guess what guys, that's not how art works. Great design does not just manifest itself in instant classics that are all inherently unique. No, it is part of a continuum of works that evolve and build upon themselves ultimately resulting in masterpieces. Painting, sculpture, literature, etc all work this way, architecture does too. In fact this is inherently how culture works, how do we even know how to build a skyscraper to begin with? Because people pass down and refine these designs and ideas over generations. They "copy" themselves and each other over and over again. The artist completes one work (which is often one of many simultaneously in progress) and continuously refines their future works based upon the discoveries and lessons learned by their past works. So it should be no surprise to you to see Goettsch towers all with similar design language or iterations on similar structural acrobatics because THAT'S HOW IT WORKS.