ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, September 25, 2014

belkin's tower

The tall building in this picture will never be built. I'm inclined to believe that Boston will never have a skyscraper that tops 1,000 feet, and that's not a problem. The FAA has de facto control over certain building heights in metropolitan areas and that makes quite a bit of sense.

I recall reading somewhere that you get diminishing returns from a tall building after 500 feet or so. The area occupied by elevators and the structural components starts to compete with usable floor space. Ultra tall buildings exist because of ego and exceptional real estate environments. But this is old news. What is new news is that towers of ilium has entered into a franchise deal with various famous brand name retailers. Expect to see some exciting ads soon.

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