2001 Ben Franklin Parkway
|Those trees need to bloom right fucking now.|
THIS is what we were all waiting for all those years? THIS is what we get after winning World War Motherfucking TEN over moving the collection here? I remember the excitement I had waiting for renderings to come out for this thing. I kept thinking about how the old Barnes building was cool as fuck, so the new one would have to be cool as shit, right? Then the renderings were revealed in October of 2009.
|Wait a minute...|
|Pictured: White shipping container on a suburban bank branch.|
What's with that facade? All the time I've been writing this blog, I would rag on how buildings need to have stone facades again, like in the old days. Finally a new building comes along with a stone facade and all it ends up doing is proving me the fuck wrong. It looks like a kitchen counter. I thought it was bad when we were building stuff out of sidewalk, now we're building out of countertop!!
You know what would have been a good design for the new Barnes Foundation? THIS:
|Image from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia|
|Those rendering people on the right are like "Let's get the fuck out of here!"|