Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Friday February 24, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Downtown's New Buildings

 

continued

"I don't understand it," says Luckenbach. "I don't understand what drives its design. I don't see it having a strong civic image to it." In Beckley's opinion, "City Hall should be an iconic building that shouldn't blend into the landscape, and this one doesn't. I like the design myself, though I don't know if it will complement or be in competition with City Hall when it's built."

Mike Quinn's firm designed the police-courts building. "We've come up with a strong, contextual design that fits the existing structure," he says. "We're keeping the scale at five stories to fit the urban fabric of Ann Arbor. Depending on the function, it's got either a more open or a more private facade, and it's got a far more welcoming entrance."

Rueter isn't entirely convinced: "The building needs a strong civic presence, and I'm not sure from the renderings if this design has it." But because he believes Quinn Evans "are good architects," he's willing to suspend judgment until he sees the finished product.

What's next for downtown?

Asked about the architectural future of downtown, Bob Beckley at first sounds pessimistic. "It takes a good client to make a good building," he says, recalling Rueter's earlier remark. "And I'd give Ann Arbor and the university a C in both those categories.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 ... 13 l 14 l 15 l 16  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Photo: #swampcabinet #2 Photo: #swampcabinet #2
My Very Own Vacation: My Neighborhood My Very Own Vacation: My Neighborhood
Chelsea Independent Living Chelsea Independent Living
Map of Asian Restaurants Map of Asian Restaurants
Map of Restaurants that accept Visa Map of Restaurants that accept Visa
Meredith Monk - On Behalf of Nature Meredith Monk - On Behalf of Nature
Zweikampf - Dueling harpsichords Zweikampf - Dueling harpsichords
Today's Events Today's Events
The Rock - I Spy: December 2016 The Rock - I Spy: December 2016
Map of Restaurants with Alcohol Served Map of Restaurants with Alcohol Served
spark
custom blinds and window treatments, flooring, and furniture
top of the lamp. All your in home lighting needs.
Holiday Inn Ann Arbor. Comfortable Hotel, a home away from home.
Become of Fan of the Ann Arbor Observer on Facebook
Hebrew Day School
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor