portland gets a boob job.

5 02 2010

i’ve been wondering what’s going on with the key bank building for a while.  for months and months i’ve been watching them slowly affixing some sort of panels on top those signature brown bricks that i’ve known intimately for the last 15 years. well, this week they finally peeled off the protective plastic… and it’s fucking GOLD! they made it look like iron man.

i don’t even know what to say. maybe it’s some sort of LEED certification thing (we can only hope)? or maybe it’s just some sort of tacky architectural practical joke. mystified. and moreover, concerned about how blinding it’s going to be come summer time.

have you seen it? will i get used to it in time? or will my seared retinas distract me from caring?

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7 responses

5 02 2010
Corey

No LEED, but it does look more modern. They are supposed to put an entrance on the ground floor facing Monument Square and there is going to be some restaurant space on the ground floor as well.

5 02 2010
bessmarvin

i’m sure i’ll get used to it in time, and i’m definitely pro-revitalization- but i still think that it’s too shiny. i’m sort of a 60s/70s architecture fan, so i’m sad to see those brown bricks disappear beneath the iron man. yet i’m really enjoying the library rebuild. i guess i’m a woman of many contradictions. hey, congrats on your pheonix nom! i’ve already voted for you, and will continue to do so.

5 02 2010
Xine

Wtf? Sounds hideous.

5 02 2010
bessmarvin

i totally hate it. i also really hate what they’re doing to portland hall. it sort of looks like “bob’s discount modern” to me. i don’t know. i’m not good with change 🙂

5 02 2010
Xine

It just seems like they are uglifying our beloved city.

16 02 2010
Sunita

And they cut down two more trees in the onslaught of deforestation of the Forest City. I hope they plan to replant a couple of trees. Unlikely. What monument square really needed was a shiny, heat-reflecting, blinding facade and two fewer trees!?!

16 02 2010
bessmarvin

thank you! i had been hoping that maybe it was a LEED certification move, but nope- just an ugly new facade, two fewer trees, and yet another retail/restaurant space in a town already overflowing with “for lease” signs. i find it very hard to believe that there wasn’t a better way to spend that money. *sigh*

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