I walk by it constantly and am struck by the exact same impression regarding the "instantly old" aesthetic. In that regard, it reminds me of something Le Corb might have done, that has now becoming terribly dull, faded, etc. It is just so incredibly monotonous and dull in appearance.I walked by this yesterday with some friends and everyone commented on how ugly and instantly old it looks. For me, it came out far worse than the renders. The coloring, the panels, all of it looks disjointed and uneven in all of the wrong ways.
It reinforces all of the worst, cardboard box-looking qualities of 45 Stuart, Kensington, and perhaps one or two of the other unredeemably blah towers that have gone up around North Station. Have we learned nothing? (he asks rhetorically...)