TheLastGentleman wrote:I'd also take the fact that there isn't an official rendering of the towers from this angle (the most photographed angle in the city!) as suspicious.
Yep, I have always said that. They avoid releasing renderings of the Truman road towers from the most photographed view of the city. Probably because they have them and they look terrible and the second they release them, they know they will have some push back.
It think the skyline is improved with one and two lights, but three and four lights plus the hotel are going to really screw up the skyline if they don't trying to do do something much more different with the other towers.
Does it matter? Probably not. I mean lots of cities have ugly skylines or skylines that are difficult to photograph.
But the downtown kc skyline from the south will go from being a very interesting, photogenic and attractive skyline with layers of density and contrasting architecture to basically a wall of glass with the tops of the taller buildings above them. Especially since there is almost no chance a skyline changing skyscraper will go up in the next 20 years to help offset the wall of glass. This won't just effect the view of the skyline from Liberty Memorial, but even more so from ground level. When driving north toward downtown, the impressive view of the downtown buildings will nearly go away. The wall of glass will pretty much hide most of the downtown from view. All you will see it a bunch of blue glass and huge LIGHT signs. I mean, they could at least make the south sides of the towers less plain. The north sides at least have some contrasting facades and are not as flat.
Personally, I think the city should be doing more to get more attractive and contrasting towers since Cordish is getting so many incentives for them.
Again, I like the first two towers, but it kind of sucks that I think downtown KC will actually be far less attractive after the new buildings are built. KC doesn't get a lot of new high rise construction and these new towers are just gong to cover up better looking buildings than they are putting up.
Part of a growing city I guess, but I hope it can be improved.