Taylor-Hewlett and HOK have designed a 56-story stone and glass tower with a sharply peaked roof for the Ross Avenue site, which is located across the street from the new Allied Bank Tower .
The 1.4 million-square-foot office tower that won Pacific Realty's competition is designed with an exterior of blue Swedish granite, cobalt blue mirrored glass and stainless steel trim. If constructed as planned, the skyscraper would be the first downtown tower to use recently developed blue reflective glass.
The building design calls for a high-rise parking garage with ground-floor retail space, which the developers plan to start before the office tower -- probably later this year.
"We didn't give the architects a lot of restrictions,' said Richard Cavenaugh, Pacific Realty executive vice president. "We wanted to build as high as we could on the site, and we wanted a landmark, quality building.
What Pacific Realty got were four drastically different design proposals.
"Initially, you think the flashiest design will be the one to win,' Cavenaugh said. "But what it came down to was the building that said the most and still had the best leasing qualifications.'
Besides Taylor-Hewlett/HOK's winning design entry, conceptual plans for Pacific's proposed downtown skyscraper were presented by Chicago architects FCL and Associates Inc., Dallas architect Sinclair Hui and Dallas' Shepherd+Boyd U.S.A. Inc.
FCL's design proposal called for a Chicago-style tower with exterior X-bracing and a rectangular form. The twist on a familiar skyscraper style was the proposed building's skin: pink aluminium and reflective glass panels.
Shepherd+Boyd came up with one of the most intricate designs submitted. The 53-story building was to have been surfaced in red and white masonry, with a metal and glass "flying saucer' balanced on the roof. The architect described the combination of historical and modern skyscraper elements as "putting the past and present together in an unexpected and unconventional kind of architectural assemblege.'
Architect Sinclair Hui came up with only pure nouveau-classical tower -- an eight-sided shaft with a pointed top and arches along the base. The building's glass crown would be illuminated at night.
"Taylor-Hewlett and HOK's design, barring a few considerations here and there, met most of the needs we were searching for,' Cavenaugh said. "Frankly, it came very close between the
Taylor-Hewlett/HOK design and Shepherd+Boyd's plan.'