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  • I cannot be the only one to find that building absolutely horrifyingly ugly.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I like it. I particularly like the part peeking over Shaw’s Tavern.

  • Looks great!!

  • Too many vertical elements for a building that skinny – doesn’t work at all from the street. They should have dispensed with such deep and narrow bays, could’ve yielded more useable square footage.

  • As an architect I know you can’t please everybody. You are lucky if you please 25% of people (w/ 50% indifferent and 25% hating your design like the first response) but personally I think they did a great job!
    Anybody know the designer?

  • brookland_rez

    I like it.

  • I really like it. This is why I try to reserve judgment when seeing early stage construction photos.

  • I like it – especially the interesting materials they used.

  • yep, i like it too. welcome to the ‘hood!

  • Not the biggest fan of this, but more importantly — who’d want to have a balcony overlooking the exhaust fans of a busy tavern? Good luck getting the gristle stench out of your bedroom — unless you’re into that kind of thing 😉

  • I think it looks nice, but it has the effect of making Shaw’s Tavern look like crap. Especially that part near the top of the walls that looks like it’s rotting away.

    • Agreed. Clearly used to be an awning or fascia up there so when the brick was cleaned/repointed the brick under that didn’t get touched. Plus you can see the mostly rotten rafter tails.

  • Looks great – nice materials, colors and textures. So much better than the proliferation of beige blocks for apartments and glass blocks for offices that have infected this city.

    • Really because it looks like just about every building that isn’t glassy, which is most of them.

  • The back gray part kind of remind me of the county prison in Miami, but the front of the building is nice, as is the brick side. The only thing I don’t get though is those huge glass windows on such a busy street, particularly on the lower levels. This style is all the rage, but it seems like you’d never have any privacy. I would get it if the building was set back or in a different area, but it just seems odd in the city.

    • i’ve never understood the aversion to big glass windows in these developments. worst case scenario, you have curtains for privacy, or you can put bookshelves over part of the window, etc., to reduce the amount people can see in. but if you opt for smaller windows, there’s no option to make them seem bigger and let more light in. the big glass windows simply provide more flexibility for different preferences.

      • people hate these who don’t have them. as you said, there are numerous and trivially easy ways to control viewing into these windows, from curtains to bookshelves to translucent films.

  • Anyone know if they’re rentals or condos?

  • Yes, it’s pretty good. I like that they break the facade into three pieces, with a symmetry of the windows on the right and left pieces, while the windows in the central piece do not conform.

    I like that each of the three structures is unique, and I love that they used a brick wall on the side facing the tavern.

    I have no idea what the units inside will look like, but the outside is well designed and executed.

  • I’m surprised this gets so many positive comments when pop-ups are highly criticized here. To me this building sticks like a sore thumb in a block of beautiful rowhouses.

    • maybe because this is nicely designed and built with quality materials, instead of being a siding-covered box on top of a 100 year old rowhouse?

    • I don’t think it sticks out as much because its at the end of a block and then butts up against a commercial building. Also for me because of the size and number of units- it has the feel of a large apartment/condo building vs the normal row-house popup.

  • Doesn’t Shaw Tavern have designs for a roof deck? (Doesn’t everybody?)

    Not sure I’d want to look out my window and be about at eye level with dinners on the roof deck.

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