Why does everyone hate SLC’s new courthouse?


This 10-story building is dominating the southern end of Salt Lake City’s skyline—and also, apparently, dinnertime conversations in Utah’s capital. (Photo by brackenm via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Why does everyone hate the new federal courthouse in Utah’s capital, The Salt Lake Tribune asks. Everyone, that is, except architects, who are patting each other on the back over the building’s “envelope-pushing” “aspirational aesthetic” (whatever that’s supposed to mean).

But perhaps the funniest part of this article? This line: “The 10-story glass structure … sits on the corner of 400 South and West [T]emple, dominating the southern end of the skyline.” Funny that (a) a 10-story building could “dominate” anything, much less a skyline, and (b) that the southern end of the skyline is just four blocks from the northern end of it.

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Why all the hate for Salt Lake City’s new federal courthouse?
by Jim Dalrymple II
The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 April 2014

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