Architecture 1990: Cheers & jeers

December 30, 1990|By Edward Gunts

THUMBS UP Fidelity and Guaranty Life Insurance Co. headquarters, Peterson and Brickbauer and Emery Roth & Sons: 44TC breakthrough effort to reinvigorate the glass box.

Japanese sculpture studio for the Maryland Institute, College of Art, RTKL Associates: A serendipitous project that proves architecture can be significant without being permanent.

100 HarborView Drive, Columbia Design Collective, Vlastimil Koubek and Sasaki Associates: At last, a decent residential tower for the Inner Harbor.

Final report of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's Urban Design and Development Committee, Stanton Eckstut, professional adviser: Any group that wants two-way traffic on Charles Street is going in the right direction.

Marine Mammal Pavilion (interior), Grieves Associates: Despite a problematic exterior, another monster hit for Baltimore's tourism industry and a must-see attraction for self-respecting Baltimoreans.


USF Constellation Center, MLS Associates: The building that ate the Constellation.

Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (proposed), Ayers Saint Gross: The case of an architect flexing his design muscles at the expense of the Cathedral Hill Historic District and the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Peabody Institute's Music Library and Academic Building, Richter Cornbrooks Gribble: Out of harmony with the music school and Mount Vernon.

University of Baltimore's Robert G. Merrick School of Business (proposed), Hillier Group/Ayers Saint Gross: A boring bloated beast that would add little to Charles Street.

Marine Mammal Pavilion (exterior), Grieves Associates: An awkward stab at imitating the nearly inimitable National Aquarium in Baltimore.

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