Tuesday, October 10, 2006
New Spain Hotel by Frank Gerhy
Elciego Hotel is a bust. I am all for unique architecture, but this building blurs the line between interesting and grotesque. I am sure that the engineering is the prettiest part, it looks like a clumsy first attempt to awe and aspire. It fails. Tim Burton could've done a better job. As I look at it, it looks like a heap of scrap metal left on a beach, though does connect seriously to the last year of storm damage. Perhaps it just needs to be placed along the gulf coast to get the proper perspective from passersby.