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The funny thing about buildings is they have 4 sides. I wonder why you never see any promotional photos of Bside 6 from the south? It wouldn't have anything to do with its striking resemblance to the monolith in 2001 would it?


Brian Libby

That's a great point, Grant. My thinking was that this windowless back side of the building would eventually someday be abutting the back of another building.


Technically buildings have more than 4 exposed sides - don't forget all those fantastic roof shots out there! [sarc]
Not to mention that it looks like the promotional image for bSIDE6 shown on this blog features the south wall.


I think Works Partnership's awards are well deserved. They are pushing design and architecture forward in this town and it is much needed.

Grant, that's what's called a 'party wall'. Hang in there buddy, you'll learn things like that later on in school.


sour grapes. the building rocks.


I think this building is an excellent example of how an innovative design solution doesn't have to sacrifice valuable square footage. The boxes create some very nice views down Burnside. Maybe their roofs could have been used as patios? The trick there would be integrating guardrails into the concept.

It's a shame that some of the metal panels are noticeably pillowing and some have large dents in them (especially noticeable on the south and west facades).

In my mind the Cyan was close to achieving the same design quality, but the fact that the orthogonal frame and the horizontal ribbons use the same window aesthetic really misses out on the opportunity to make the ribbons pop.


thefuture: we had a party wall, in college. And trust me, it was almost as ugly as this one.


I say let a party wall be a party wall. I hate when architects try to dress it up with a little bit of money to make something that it is not. Congratulations to Works.


What up.

Over 5 years...
WPA wins 11 AIA awards
with 12 applications...
by 5 unique, independent juries.

That's like a 92% win rate.

Only one ground-up to date,
the Bsides6, which won a built award
last Saturday.

Regression to the mean suggests they
will receive fewer un-buiilt awards in the future, and more in the built category.

Rock-on WPA!


Brian - here's an idea for a future story...do a "one year after" follow-up on this year's AIA winners, or for previous winners for that matter, and let's hear about how well they have succeeded. Have they filled up or sold? How do thier tenants and residents like being in them? How have they weathered? Is thier owner still around, or bankrupt? Have they met expectations?

I know architects don't care much about buildings after they win awards based on pretty 'just-finished' pictures, but many of us would like to know if a building actually succeeds in solving the problem it was built to solve. Please do follow-ups so we can educate the architecture industry that real beauty is far more than skin deep. Awards come and go, buildings stick around for a long, long time.

Brian Libby

Good idea, T. I will strongly consider doing a follow-up just like you suggested.


"I hate when architects try to dress it up with a little bit of money to make something that it is not."

I agree. Machine Works is exhibit 1. But it could be decades before anything is built behind Bside6, and in the interim, yuck.


Does anyone know if the design boards will be exhibited anywhere? Are they up right now?

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