The new design for Jason Fane’s Hope Point Tower might be separated at birth from MAD Architects’ Absolute Towers, outside Toronto.
But it’s not really a separated-at-birth shot but a before-and-after shot – two buildings in a heightened state of arousal before, and the same two buildings soon after, amid coitus. This is a family blog. How am I to report on this? Where is respect for copyright? This is an open-and-shut case of copyright infringement. One of these sets of buildings needs to lawyer up, preferably after taking a shower, or at least giving the rest of us a chance to take one.
The City Plan Commission viewed the new design this evening. I was not able to attend. Perhaps the Providence Journal’s news story will describe the reaction of the audience. The main issue was to be the addition of about 200 feet to the building’s proposed height, which was already more than 400 feet, or about four times the height limit under city zoning. Now it is six times too tall. But after the attendees saw the new design, did anyone even remember the height issue? Maybe that was precisely the point.
After news emerged in February that a new design was afoot, I wrote a post, “White tower with curves.” The new design was described back then by Fane as a “white tower with sculptured curves.” but at that point there were no illustrations and no architect mentioned. So I speculated, and pointed my finger at the paired towers by MAD outside Toronto, also known as the Marilyn Monroe buildings. Little did I know how close I had come!
And indeed, the Journal did have its story on the hearing online this evening. Fane’s architect, it turns out, is IBI Group Architects, whose designer described the tower as “senuous.” Oh, yes. IBI is from Toronto.
Needless to say, city officials should shoot down the height travesty proposed by Fane. That way, the city would not have to wrangle over whether to allow an X-rated building to sully the skyline of the capital of the Biggest Little. If they approve a height of six times the regulation, Providence effectively will be without zoning, if not without shame.