Yes it is. Sometimes a small gesture like that can really upgrade a design. This project is a big win for Central Sq.That black outline around the windows is actually a pretty nice touch to make this side pop a little more than just white otherwise would have. Nice
Agree, and I'm also sure it's an homage to context. If you swing around you'll see at least 3 other instances of light-colored corrugated metal (e.g., MIT library annex building, Uhaul building, MIT Museum). But, on this new building, the vertical extension of the asymmetric window lines makes clear that this was something that was designed...not just plopped on.I don't know that I've ever seen a white mechanical screen help a building's aesthetics this much. Creates verticality all down the facade and makes the tower look much thinner.
I'm pretty sure that's real brick (the smaller building is a perfect replica facade for a structurally-deficient historic structure). What don't you like about it? It looks like... brick.The rendering did a good job simulating how cheap the white portion of the tower would look, but I had held out more hope for the faux brick portions.