shmessy -- During the daytime -- Glass on the outside of a building is only interesting in the context of what you can see reflected from it -- and that depends on the ambient lighting and the surroundings as well as the angle from which you are seeing whateverTHIS may actually work. I'm not a fan of the over-glassification/square cornered architecture proliferating in Boston.
However, this - - because of the neighboring context - could work out very well. The glass on this building will be a very welcome change from the styles of the buidings surrounding Post Ofiice Square, and I think this will offer a welcomed new flavor to the box. Kind of like the filling in a jelly donut. Glass works best not as the norm, but as a change of pace. Glass buildings don't work well at all in some parts of the Seaport where they are all in a row of coldness.
The glass building that negatively concerns me right now is Raffles, which is about to start rising - - right across the street from its hulking big brother glass building - the John Hancock. I think it may turn out to be a "Mini Me" situation there.
But Bren924's pictures of One Post Office Square above are striking to me. The glass on this building are a wonderful change of pace to the Square. THIS is how it works best.
I truly could not care less about height for height’s sake, but the new frame on top of this does rise another 2 floors above the old roof.No height has been added to this project,correct? Not even on mechanicals. The top has a newly erected mechanical frame. I wasn't sure if it added any marginal height at all.
That two story penthouse--even the VE'd version--is still new. I look across at the roof of this building from my office and I can see the new steel frame that was added on top of the old roof.That was VE’d out.
Unfortunately the “crown thing” was removed, exact same height as before.
Jahvon -- Yes that would be a nice "gedanken experiment" -- but how would you pay for itThe one that they should've re-facaded is the Pru Tower. Would've went nice with the new obs decks!!
You raised an interesting question about the penthouse office. I am assuming a penthouse office suite is supposed to be a premium location. Would you really want an office located right next to all the building mechanicals? That has to be noisy, or am I missing something about modern chillers?I hope if the pru is ever reclad that it gets a similar facade to the original. Up close its really intricate and a style that Ive never seen anywhere else. We all know if it was reclad it would just become a blue glass box, do we really want that? I dont.
With the inevitable glass Id hope we could at least get something interesting on the lines of 300 n lasalle in chicago. Its glass but they added this metal lattice to the facade that gives it some nice texture vs just plain glass. It would look similar to the original facade but new.
-Anyways back on topic, looking at the renders above its kinda crazy how theres going to be an office floor in the penthouse box thing in the very top floor of the tower. Kinda weird because thats where the mechanicals usually go, but theres just a thin roofline above the top floor. Not sure how that works, it must be the angle and theres gonna be a mech box on the roof thats not as wide as the floor below or something.
Valid question. I don't know enough about this particular building to answer it directly, but there are several general answers that relate to what you ask.You raised an interesting question about the penthouse office. I am assuming a penthouse office suite is supposed to be a premium location. Would you really want an office located right next to all the building mechanicals? That has to be noisy, or am I missing something about modern chillers?