Best New Building Facade

5th St. Market

We almost got into a wreck when we first saw the gorgeous glowing, green light pylons jutting out onto W. Fifth. Five of them protroud from a new turquoise facade atop bright Texas limestone. Big storefront windows (for a new Tapelenders video branch, Zan-Ray salon, and a gym) are accented by bright yellow awnings and even brighter red calling card tenant signage in a way-out Fifties homage. Sounds like a discordant mess? The combination of these disparate elements would seem an unadvisable and twisted take on Jetsons architecture. But some how, Paul Lamb Architects and designer Dineen Berger from Perspecta pulled it off with panache.

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