Big design change from the original rendering reveal at the top of the thread. A large black box, with two upper set-backs, row upon row of identical large square punch windows, dark grey/black brick facade. I know all that sounds dull and dreary: but this IMHO is fine design - very refined and attractive architectural detailing top-to-bottom. My architectural critiques come down to a simple binary judgement - ‘nice looking’ buildings, and standard ‘nothing special’ looking buildings. Bravo to Rand Engineering and Architecture: this is a ‘nice looking building’.
This architectural design is quite attractive; simple, refined and sophisticated. I like this sort of understated elegance; reminds me of one of my all time favorites - 432 Park Avenue.
I hope they do skillful and high quality trade work on the brick facade. I am sure it will be ‘brick-panels’ as is done these days; but done well, brick panels can look sublime.
What I find interesting too, is the name of one of the design firms refers to ‘engineering AND architecture’ - that seems like an uncommon business model. I would imagine blending an Architecture firm, and an Engineering firm into one single company would make for the perfect synergy between the ‘fine art’ of Architecture and the ‘hard science’ of Engineering.
This is looking like a great project, but will likely be under appreciated as this sophisticated Architectural design is definitely ‘under stated’.