Ugly is so opinionated, as this thing won awards for its design...
But god, those windows are so tiny...
Brownstoner - Philadelphia: CC Affordable Build Almost Done
1. It's in the center of the block. It fronts an alley, and a very small one at that. Massive buildings like the Loews Hotel, SEPTA headquarters, and a large church block the view from any major street. It doesn't need to be pretty. It needs to be functional.
2. I had a chance to tour it last month. It's perfectly nice inside. The apartments have windows and look as nice as any modern college dorm room, but with a much nicer kitchen. There are some nice modern design touches.
3. The design of the building is guided largely by the need to be both affordable and LEED-certified (which in turn will make it affordable to maintain.) That's what makes a project like this possible. The goal is getting people off the streets.
4. It has a green roof, with a very nice patio in the center for residents to enjoy. Being in the middle of the block, there aren't sweeping vistas, but it's quite nice. You can see Phillies stadium from up there. I'd love to have a roof patio like that.