I’m getting caught back up after dealing with family sickness, but I really loved Julia DeBari’s “Designing Friction into an Experience” and Doug’s “Hotel of Doom”.
The latter really reminds me of this huge building they have here in College Station. It’s easily the tallest building in town, but it’s off by itself to the east for a couple miles. You look off into the distance and see this giant square monstrosity and have to ask “What the heck is that?”.
You drive up to it and its surrounded with all sorts of luxurious landscaping, including fountains, and a huge parking lot, which remains nearly empty. Apparently, this 10 story building, 7 years in the making, is the home of American Momentum Bank, a local institution that’s gotten substantially bigger.
I’ve asked around and heard rumors that part of the reason why it seems so vacant besides for the main tenant is that all the delays were tied to all sorts of difficulty with building codes, resulting in limitations on how they can bring in business tenants for sub-leasing the building.
There’s a local write-up on it here.