- Apr 14, 2010
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Metal siding is so passe and has become a pox in its use. There are some but few examples of it being used in an effective manner. Otherwise it harkens back to warehouses and quonset huts.From the harbor it looks cool. Its seven stories, or 6 with glass with the patio, is inviting. But from the side, a major anti-climatic feel. And the little Covetrus sign with the off-the-shelf graphic designed logo, almost as bad. If the middle had been dynamic, perhaps like the Wishcamper Center at USM (of which I think is a great modern styled building), this could have been something noteworthy. As it is now, a big letdown going through the front door. Sure, architecture should primarily be about the inside, but a Ferrari is not close to being a Ferrari without its exterior "wow" factor. Face it, new emerging high tech companies need to be in a building that is cool, with allusions to the future. The new WEX buildings fit this criteria, and heck, even the Gateway garage office addition does too. SunLife isn't bad, but better than this one. I'd cover that middle and back brick with some cool metal siding, but we know that will never happen. However, if they covered the middle section with a large protruding atrium of similar tinted glass, that would work. Fix it and they will come is my motto.
If you are talking recently built architecture then yes the Wishcamper is up there but it is hardly the coolest building in Portland or Maine.The Wishcamper Center at USM in Portland. The coolest building in Portland or Maine. The front is best, but the back, still much better than this Covetrus bore. Brick, wood, and LL Bean boots. Typical Maine. Boring.
I should qualify this. For modern buildings I'll give it the vote. It's also LEED Gold and came in 10% under budget. It has interesting angles and materials outside and in. Bowdoin College certainly has some of the best new "cool" buildings. I think the recently completed Roux Center for the Environment, The Artic Studies Center currently under construction, and several of the new dorms combine for the "coolest" collection of buildings in Maine. And yes, the new Maine Med building will be up there. The interior design is as stunning as the exterior. But this structure has not been completed. A digital design is a fantasy yet experienced. The jury is out until it's done.If you are talking recently built architecture then yes the Wishcamper is up there but it is hardly the coolest building in Portland or Maine.
Nice shot! Is that from the top of the Wex building? Would love to get a shot zoomed in with the Observatory right next to the Covetrus building.