Rochester has a nice skyline, although it’s not notably more impressive than some comparable cities like Des Moines, IA where the tallest tower is 801 Grand at 630 ft. or Birmingham, AL where the tallest tower is the Wells Fargo Tower at 454 ft. tall.
Notably, the tallest tower in Rochester is only 442 feet (and yes, it’s Xerox). Even more pressing, the most recent tower to be built here is the newly-renamed Legacy Tower (née Bausch & Lomb Place). Since the Legacy Tower was built in 1995, approximately 650 towers have been built worldwide that are taller than 650 ft.
As you might have gleaned, not a single one of them has been built in Rochester. I think it’s time for that to change, and to get an idea for what the Rochester skyline might look like, I’ve generated some images with a new tower. There are also some pictures of contemporary buildings around 650 ft. that I am partial to, but the view on the skyline will be of a simple massing 650 ft. in height and 120 ft. square. I’ve chosen 3 prime sites downtown for our hypothetical tower. Please note that at any of these sites there should be a podium that fills the site to the block with the tower rising above. Said podium doesn’t factor into the skyline impact, though, and is not shown here.
For each of the three sites, I’ve generated 3 views from various angles showing the impact on the skyline. My personal favorite is Site 3, but I think any of these locations would add positively to the Rochester skyline.
Finally, as promised, here are a few towers built in the last 10 years that I like. I think any of these would be a huge change from the current tower architecture in Rochester.
Tags: Bausch & Lomb tower, Legacy Tower, Matthew Denker, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester skyline, skyline, skyscraper, tower, Xerox Tower
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