I like this sentiment, but disagree on 1 key point: I DON'T LIKE IT HERE AT ALL!!! With State Street, Winthrop, and soon South Station Tower, there will be a deluge of blue glass downtown. I didn't like the original cladding either, but at least it lent an air of solidity that all this glass doesn't bring. Just look at Toronto's overabundance of (admittedly cheap looking) blue glass and how terrible it all looks without sturdier looking buildings making up the brunt of that skyline. Also, in this building's case, the squat(ish) proportions are getting much worse by buffing out the corners, eliminating the unique cantilever overhangs, and adding that bulge to the back.I just wonder if the opaque glassification of so many buildings is losing its novelty also. It's great as a changeup, and I like it here - because it IS a changeup in Post Office Square - but in areas where these things are virtually next to each other (cough...cough... Seaport and Raffles/Hancock) it tends to "anonymize" neighborhoods.
Glass works best in a neighborhood as the Jelly to the Peanut Butter. Jelly on Jelly is just.....
Maybe some further diversifications.
I agree completely on Raffles, and it's only going to get worse with the Back Bay Garage abominations. The (PERFECT) blue glass Hancock should not be juxtaposed with more blue glass buildings right next to it. The BPDA continues to fail the city by never pushing back on the designs that cheapen the overall aesthetics of the city, while beating the "too tall" drum over iconic proposals like at 1 Bromfield. Surrounding the Hancock with lousier blue glass buildings feels like the crime of the century from an architectural standpoint.