The Parkhouse Kobe is a high-end residential tower in Kobe, Japan, whose podium was constructed to resemble an old bank built in the 1900s which used to stood on the same plot of land. Image credit to Wikipedia


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  1. I’m a big fan of adaptive reuse, and Foster + Partners’ Hearst Tower in New York is a great example of what this tower was attempting to do, but I’m saddened to learn that the podium isn’t original. Since it’s just a rebuild, it kind of defeats the intent of adaptive reuse.

  2. If the podium was rebuilt, I believe they squandered an opportunity. I understand that in Japanese culture, re-building a building is not viewed negatively as it is in Europe, but I don’t see any obvious connection between the “old” and the “new.” There is no communication between the two pieces.

  3. Looking at this picture, I’d like to start a discussion about:

    1) The relationship between modernism and other older architectural styles.

    2) Thermal bridging problem in glass-covered skyscrapers with numerous protruding balconies, such as this one and Chicago’s Aqua Tower.

    I don’t know anything about any of these subjects, so I’d like to hear your thoughts on them.

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