I can read what you're saying clearlyThose are all fair points, but I guess I just don't immediately see the differing heights to, in and of themselves, denote "poor quality."
High end car companies spend ridiculous amounts of money on the aesthetic of their engine compartments, and customers absolutely do care. There's gorgeous symmetry and organization beneath the hood of a BMW.To me it'd be like beng upset that the intake manifold of a perfectly functional, high-powered BMW engine isn't designed with perfect symmetry in mind. If it gets the job done and is reliable and efficient, who cares?
Raw galvanized steel chain link fences are also highly functional in/around train stations, but we revile such an aesthetic.
Why? because, inevitably, design tells a story. There's no such thing as purely neutral design. All design is judged, whether we want it to be or not, and all design affects our senses of quality, security, robustness, resilience, maintainability, etc. There's a centuries old tradition of institutions "looking their part" to assure clientele. Would you put your money in a bank that looked like it was built of cardboard, even if the cardboard were some space age kevlar that were even more secure than granite?