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One PPG Place

Today and also the following presentations I would like to introduce you to one of the most striking buildings in Pittsburgh, PPG Place . In fact a complex of 6 buildings with One PPG Place as the most eye-catching and highest building (193 m).

For me it is amazing that the building evokes different reactions to me. On the one hand, I think it's a fantastic building with breathtaking details and brilliant reflections, but I don’t experience it as a satisfying entity.
I have had to puzzle for a long time what exactly is bothering me and I have come to the following conclusion.
The style is called a Neogothic style but with modern innovations and as one of the inspiring buildings London's Victoria Tower is called. But the Palace of Westminster (House of Parliament) in London can also be mentioned.
For me, the design is almost identical, but with a completely different materials in the facade.
A tightly designed modern glass curtain wall facade, which is exquisitely detailed, but it does not satisfy me in the overall design. I do not find the mutual relationships in balance. Especially at the tallest building, the One PPG Place. The relationships that work so well in the English Gothic, the verticalism of the façades and the closure with small spiers (pinnacles) do not seem to work in this modern architecture. I also find a number of spiers (of which there are a total of 231) sometimes
too much look like pencil points.

But judge yourself.

● The first photo shows one of the facades of the lower part of the building. The beautiful reflections and the excellent detailing of the façade are clearly visible here.

● The second photo shows the One PPG Place with the preceding lower building rising from the tops of the trees. This photo was taken at street level at some distance from the building.

● The third photo was taken the night before from Washington Mountain and shows how the building fits into the skyline of Pittsburgh. (Look also at the pencil points)

■ Picture 1: ◄ The Facade ►
■ Picture 2: ◄ From Street Level ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ From Washington Mountain ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5244 W: 324 N: 9532] (37338)
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