Judging Buildings – Cato Institute


A number of folks have mentioned the Cato building located at 1000 Mass. Ave, NW. I have to say, it does look pretty cool. Does the glass part provide extra used space or is just for style?  (I can’t tell from the photo.) What do you think of the look, thumbs up or down?

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  • very cool building. two thumbs up. i think it is more for style than function.

  • not functional…they do have receptions in the main lobby where you are surrounded by the glass but that’s about it.

  • Guys if the glass part didn’t provide extra function then the market would automatically correct it, like magic.

  • But if by chance the market didn’t correct it, the government would step in and tell Cato exactly what to do with its building because it knows exactly what’s best for everyone. Right Noah?

  • The glass portion was added because govt bureaucrats said that the facade of the building had to line up with the street. It was the more efficient way to remodel without tearing down the whole building!

  • its function is aesthetic. look, the market provided art – magic…

  • Yes, the side of Cato’s building was the most rational allocation for that quantity of glass and steel. Psyche.

  • @Noah – I think i get your libertarian joke, but not really.


    HA HA HA! HA HA! HA!

  • I think it’s downright sexy. Which is quite surprising, coming from an organization that is anything but.

  • Looks like a filthy ace bandage on a perfectly healthy limb.

  • I like this building a lot. Thumbs up.

  • Raise your hand if you hate it only because you hate libertarianism. C’mon, be honest.

  • I’m not a fan, regardless of design, of offices in the downtown core of DC (or any city) that don’t have a retail component on the ground floor.

  • Anonymous at 3:19: Why exactly is a nice space for holding receptions not functional? Sounds like a pretty legitimate function to me.

    Thumbs up, i love it!

  • Anonymous: There’s retail space next door that’s been vacant since the building opened. And remember that the Cato building was put up 10 years ago when there wasn’t much foot traffic in a pretty sketchy neighborhood.

    The reception space provided by glass front is really quite nice.

  • There is a condo complex nextdoor to Cato, not retail space.

  • Noah – best comment ever.

  • botr0n: that condo complex has still vacant retail space in the first floor.

  • It looks better from the other side — the glass facade isn’t just flat, it juts out like a ship’s prow. And the atrium has meaning, so it does serve a purpose — not a lowly material purpose, but a lofty symbolical purpose.

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