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An 'obnoxious gesture'? L.A. architect Thom Mayne's tower in the Alps draws ire
An 'obnoxious gesture'? L.A. architect Thom Mayne's tower in the Alps draws ire

Release a rendering of a very tall, very shiny glass tower looming over an idyllic mountain village and the Internet goes bananas. That's what happened earlier this week when Morphosis Architects of Los Angeles released its design renderings for a new luxury hotel in Vals, a low-key spa town in the Swiss Alps. The design, conceived by Morphosis founder Thom Mayne, would check in at a whopping 1,250 feet, making it the tallest building in the European Union. (Currently, Renzo Piano's Shard in London holds that title, coming in at 1,014 feet, with antenna.) The outsize nature of the structure in the town of just 1,000 permanent residents is...

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