A reader writes in to complain about the not-quite-complete renovation of the former Sterling Bank building overlooking I-45 South at 4600 Gulf Fwy. The building was stripped down to its structure and is being reborn as the largest Planned Parenthood administrative headquarters and healthcare facility in the nation.
Is anyone else really bothered by the fact that on the stair-stepped portions of the curtain wall the spandrel glass doesn’t line up with the spandrels on the rest of the building? I mean if you’re going to design a facade that’s all about geometry, shouldn’t the geometry work? There had to be better ways to do this, really.
A close-up view:
You can look at the design drawings and it’s pretty clear this wasn’t the original intent. Of course, it may just be another instance of architects selling the client on a pretty picture before it’s clear that it really can be built that way.
I know a bunch of people were out there over the weekend protesting this building for other reasons, but I just felt I had to speak out.
- Anti-abortion protesters target Planned Parenthood [Houston Chronicle]
- FAQs on New Planned Parenthood Building (PDF) [Planned Parenthood]
- Previously on Swamplot: Abortion and Real Estate Protests