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View Poll Results: L.A or Houston??
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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I've always liked the searchlight on top of Williams Tower at night

 
Old 04-16-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Well a lot of very prominent architects and academic figures would strongly disagree with you. Besides, if it wasn't for Hollywood, the LA skyline and buildings like the US Bank Building wouldn't be nearly as recognizable. Besides, Houston has a lot of other signature buildings besides the Williams Tower.

Wells Fargo Plaza
File:Wells Fargo Bank Plaza, Houston, from base.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Heritage Plaza
Heritage Plaza, Houston, TX - Skyscrapers on Waymarking.com


Pennzoil Building
Telecommunication Properties, Inc. Rooftops (http://www.tpicom.net/rooftops - broken link)

Honestly, if I had to pick a "signature skyscraper" for Houston, I probably pick the Wells Fargo Plaza over the Williams Tower. I feel like it's more recognizable to most people and seems to stand out the most in the Houston skyline.
You forgot one, the tallest one of them all.
The tallest building in Texas, and the tallest 5 sided building in the world, and standing only 5 meters lower than US Bank Tower in LA.
The JP Morgan Chase Tower, Houston
 
Old 04-16-2010, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Houston
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You forgot one, the tallest one of them all.
The tallest building in Texas, and the tallest 5 sided building in the world, and standing only 5 meters lower than US Bank Tower in LA.
The JP Morgan Chase Tower, Houston
Oh no I didn't. I was just too lazy to go find a picture to post. So thanks for the help. IMO, three I listed are three best skyscrapers in Houston, architecturally speaking. Anyway, I think it stands to reason that Houston has more than its fair share of signature skyscrapers.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Oh no I didn't. I was just too lazy to go find a picture to post. So thanks for the help. IMO, three I listed are three best skyscrapers in Houston, architecturally speaking. Anyway, I think it stands to reason that Houston has more than its fair share of signature skyscrapers.
Yeah I agree entirely, JPMChase might be the tallest in Texas, but it's design is very plain and it's kind of boring to look at. Where as the Wells Fargo Plaza is far better looking, even their basement level is nicely built from the inside.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Yeah I agree entirely, JPMChase might be the tallest in Texas, but it's design is very plain and it's kind of boring to look at. Where as the Wells Fargo Plaza is far better looking, even their basement level is nicely built from the inside.
Sense we're comparing skylines, honestly, I prefer the sleek Post-Modern glass and steal design of Wells Fargo Plaza over the US Bank Building. Although, to be fair, I haven't seen the US Bank Building in person.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Sense we're comparing skylines, honestly, I prefer the sleek Post-Modern glass and steal design of Wells Fargo Plaza over the US Bank Building. Although, to be fair, I haven't seen the US Bank Building in person.
That's my take on skyscrapers as well. I like the look of more modern buildings. I do like LA's skyline with the mountain backdrop, but I also like Houston's downtown skyline better.

It's a neck to neck race, and possibly no clear cut winner here.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Spain
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You forgot Chicago. Lol.
Ehh...I have a lot of respect for Chicago's skyline in terms of height and volume, but aesthetically it doesn't really do much for me.

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Well a lot of very prominent architects and academic figures would strongly disagree with you. Besides, if it wasn't for Hollywood, the LA skyline and buildings like the US Bank Building wouldn't be nearly as recognizable. Besides, Houston has a lot of other signature buildings besides the Williams Tower.

Wells Fargo Plaza
File:Wells Fargo Bank Plaza, Houston, from base.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Heritage Plaza
Heritage Plaza, Houston, TX - Skyscrapers on Waymarking.com


Pennzoil Building
Telecommunication Properties, Inc. Rooftops (http://www.tpicom.net/rooftops - broken link)

Honestly, if I had to pick a "signature skyscraper" for Houston, I probably pick the Wells Fargo Plaza over the Williams Tower. I feel like it's more recognizable to most people and seems to stand out the most in the Houston skyline.
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You forgot one, the tallest one of them all.
The tallest building in Texas, and the tallest 5 sided building in the world, and standing only 5 meters lower than US Bank Tower in LA.
The JP Morgan Chase Tower, Houston
To be perfectly honest, all of the above pictures of Houston skyscrapers essentially look identical to me (with the exception of the Penzzoil building, but that one's just very short). Compared to some of L.A.'s tallest buildings that all look pretty different from each other, Houston's buildings all just kind of blend together in my eyes.



http://www.khurramhashmi.org/time-la...208_193104.jpg



http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...25818d6a_b.jpg



http://lh3.ggpht.com/_YeVVfegW8Vc/R0...I/IMG_2826.JPG



http://you-are-here.com/los_angeles/gas_co.jpg
 
Old 04-16-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Ehh...I have a lot of respect for Chicago's skyline in terms of height and volume, but aesthetically it doesn't really do much for me.





To be perfectly honest, all of the above pictures of Houston skyscrapers essentially look identical to me (with the exception of the Penzzoil building, but that one's just very short). Compared to some of L.A.'s tallest buildings that all look pretty different from each other, Houston's buildings all just kind of blend together in my eyes.



http://www.khurramhashmi.org/time-la...208_193104.jpg



http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...25818d6a_b.jpg



http://lh3.ggpht.com/_YeVVfegW8Vc/R0...I/IMG_2826.JPG



http://you-are-here.com/los_angeles/gas_co.jpg
No doubt, but it does give Houston a more synchronized look. With Houston it's all the buildings coming together to make the downtown skyline, the same theme for most of them, and the same concept.

For LA, the buildings stand out, which isn't a bad thing, but it doesn't give off that same synchronized look either.
 
Old 07-27-2010, 01:04 AM
 
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I'm going with Los Angeles
 
Old 07-27-2010, 01:19 AM
 
Location: THE THRONE aka-New York City
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