The Revised Harold’s Square

12 04 2013

Two things. One, noting that it is not Harold Square, but Harold’s Square. Well noted.

Two, as shown by the Ithaca Times, the proposed design has been revised. And in the opinion of one armchair architecture critic, it has gone from meh to hideous.

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For reference, the old renderings. Now, I thought the original design for the Commons side was fairly okay. The revised proposal…it looks grim, the “modern” steel sections are like tumors growing out of a rather cold and dour facade. The exposed truss on the tower portion is gone, but now there are narrow misaligned slit windows. Reminiscent of Cascadilla Hall. Or a prison. Or most closely, the rather awful 499 South Warren Street in Syracuse.

Don’t get me wrong, I like what the project provides – mixed-use, high-density, downtown-friendly. But unless the materials are mind-blowing, I fear this thing is going to age terribly.

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13 04 2013
Ex-Ithacan

I’m not going to disagree with your comments. I was wondering if you happened to see “The Future of Downtown Ithaca” video on youtube which was posted about a week ago? Nice way to visualize some of the projects.

21 08 2013
The Final Draft of Harold’s Square | Ithacating in Cornell Heights

[…] the previous re-design for Harold’s Square, I’m willing to accept this. The glazed curtainwall banding on the south face makes it a […]

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