so long as they knock down the walls facing the sidewalk and alter the building such that it 's a functional part of the city, then they can save it.it's not a functional design," he said. "It was modern for its time, but the rooms were actually cut into pie-shaped rooms so they weren't very functional. As the police department grew bigger, the building really started to become cramped."
"It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past"
Jonathan Safran Foer
Of all the building of this era, I do not mind this one. It's certainly intriguing. This is not to say though that PPD should not move to 46th and Market in West Philly, pronto.
Since it looks like handcuffs and the swinger place on south Street closed....maybe an S and M club.
street life killer. would love to see it replaced with something that actually fills out the block. one thing that area does not need more of is extra open space. it needs street walls and street amenities.
if the facade is made of modular structural components, possibly it could be disassembled and reconstituted in a more appropriate setting elsewhere, say king of prussia or maybe even a college campus.
pros: innovative structural concept. period. cons: awful architecture. awful urban planning. in other words, typical mid 20th century urban redevelopment. about as inspiring as soviet or fascist architecture from the same era.
I don't understand the defense of architecture on aesthetic grounds if it sucks at what it was commissioned and built (with public money) to do. If an architect does a poor job of addressing the needs of the client, but manages to incorporate a couple of gimmick design elements, then he's done a poor job of being an architect. It's like saying "He's a brilliant chef, even if the food he makes gives everyone crippling diarrhea."