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Architect looks to raise the roof on downtown office building

Original post made on Aug 31, 2023

Downtown Palo Alto's newest office project is situated across the street from City Hall and between two distinct architectural eras.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 31, 2023, 9:20 AM

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Posted by LKA
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 31, 2023 at 10:12 am

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Funny, I’ve never looked up as I walked by the Joe & the juice building, had to go to street view to see what it looks like. I’ve always thought the 616 building was a sad, pathetic mid century next to the Birge Clark, so an upgrade is welcome there.

Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 31, 2023 at 10:50 am

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More boxy, concrete, earth destroying construction from the Hayes group. Keep the concrete carbon in the ground and don't overshadow the beautiful building that is adjacent.

Little chance that the city won't allow these people to build since that is what they do, but it would be nice if they learned to say NO at some point!

Posted by Wilhelm Reich
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 31, 2023 at 11:16 am

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While the new Hayes-designed building clashes with the now classic Birge Clark Hamilton building, times change as does the architecture.

What do critics expect? A modernist-themed clone of a bygone design?

If such is the case, then every new building in Palo Alto should resemble an obsolete Birge Clark design.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 31, 2023 at 12:08 pm

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Agreeing with TMP. Time to say to no boring and ugly.

Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 31, 2023 at 9:51 pm

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Agree with TMP and Online Name enough with the same Hayes stamped signature. His work is predictable and lacking character. No more CAD structures.

Posted by anon1234
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 1, 2023 at 7:41 am

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The article calls the proposal an office project….no housing? Why?

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