Museum Tower Strikes Back With Reasons Why Nasher-Preferred German Louvre Solution Not Acceptable

As promised, here is the statement from the Museum Tower folks, followed by the Retractable Louvre presentation. As I suspected, insurability and liability are two pretty big reasons why they are saying no:

November Museum Tower Media Statement

Museuem Tower Louver Presentation

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  • With the Fiscal Cliff, the threat of a Mideast war, and all our other issues this is starting to become a trivial subject. Artists arguing over who can _iss the farthest. Someone should force a mediation and I agree, each side give a little and then shut up.

  • With the Fiscal Cliff, the threat of a Mideast war, and all our other issues this is starting to become a trivial subject. Artists arguing over who can _iss the farthest. Someone should force a mediation and I agree, each side give a little and then shut up.

  • This is absurd. The Museum Tower builders knew exactly what they were doing and they must fix the problem.

  • This is absurd. The Museum Tower builders knew exactly what they were doing and they must fix the problem.

  • Dear Museum Tower Media release writers: Fix your damn glaring glass windows or plan on having 126 units unsold and you can wash your windows until hell freezes over. Expect your 15 somewhat sold units also to not likely ever go to a closing at a title company.
    Your building becomes more hated by the day ! Shameful that it was ever even permitted to be constructed on the South side of Woodall Rogers Freeway, where the insensitive city planners allowed for a non museum to be constructed alongside the other cultural buildings
    Fix it or rot

  • Dear Museum Tower Media release writers: Fix your damn glaring glass windows or plan on having 126 units unsold and you can wash your windows until hell freezes over. Expect your 15 somewhat sold units also to not likely ever go to a closing at a title company.
    Your building becomes more hated by the day ! Shameful that it was ever even permitted to be constructed on the South side of Woodall Rogers Freeway, where the insensitive city planners allowed for a non museum to be constructed alongside the other cultural buildings
    Fix it or rot

  • Dear Museum Tower – contact Lloyd’s of London or any other insurance company for insurance or liability coverage and concerns.
    Sorry, your stalling approach to a solution for your obnoxious problem to the Arts District will only cost you more the longer you continue with media blah blah to the public

  • Dear Museum Tower – contact Lloyd’s of London or any other insurance company for insurance or liability coverage and concerns.
    Sorry, your stalling approach to a solution for your obnoxious problem to the Arts District will only cost you more the longer you continue with media blah blah to the public

  • It will take them TWO YEARS to study the louvre system. We need to listen to all the facts, not just what Nasher is telling us. Critic, are you an insurance expert? Speaking of Title insurance, will they even get that with the louvre issue? The building IS a work of art, that's the whole point of why they don't want to change the skin. One of the biggest ef-ups in the history of this city.

  • It will take them TWO YEARS to study the louvre system. We need to listen to all the facts, not just what Nasher is telling us. Critic, are you an insurance expert? Speaking of Title insurance, will they even get that with the louvre issue? The building IS a work of art, that's the whole point of why they don't want to change the skin. One of the biggest ef-ups in the history of this city.

  • Re: Arabesque- get real! Two years to study the louver system you must be a consultant. . It only took Scott Johnson a couple of days to make the poor reflective glass selection.
    I don’t care if the solution is louvers or non reflective glass or whatever. My point is the Mennen Speed stick building is going to be empty until there is a solution eliminating glare to the neighbors in all directions

  • Re: Arabesque- get real! Two years to study the louver system you must be a consultant. . It only took Scott Johnson a couple of days to make the poor reflective glass selection.
    I don’t care if the solution is louvers or non reflective glass or whatever. My point is the Mennen Speed stick building is going to be empty until there is a solution eliminating glare to the neighbors in all directions

  • Critic, I agree the architect may be at fault here. Both are being rather prissy, Piano and Johnson. But you cannot fix this overnight and if the building cannot be insured, then they really won't sell. Won't close, won't sell. But did the Nasher really think NOTHING tall would go in around them?

  • Critic, I agree the architect may be at fault here. Both are being rather prissy, Piano and Johnson. But you cannot fix this overnight and if the building cannot be insured, then they really won't sell. Won't close, won't sell. But did the Nasher really think NOTHING tall would go in around them?

  • I still can't help but wonder what the director and curator(s) at the Nasher were thinking early on and throughout the process, well before construction ever started, and then throughout. It's no secret the MT was going to be built; we all know it was a hot controversy for how it was funded. So here's why I scratch my head. If I'm the director/curator of a world-class museum, why does the massive structure being built right next to me, and how it is being built, not result in a flurry of questions well in advance? The first questions that comes to mind would be the impact to my overtly unique Piano-designed roof. The glass reflection would be at the top of my list of concerns. And at the slightest suggestion of an issue, I'm going to call time out, call in the media, and pull every stop possible to halt the construction until the issue is addressed. Perhaps this did happen? I'd love to know. With that said, I'm in no way indicating the MT isn't responsible, but does that mean the Nasher is exonerated from excercising due diligence before and after construction started, given they took no action and asked no questions until the structure was well under construction?

    PS: The MT is stunning. At least we have a pretty addition to the skyline.

  • I still can't help but wonder what the director and curator(s) at the Nasher were thinking early on and throughout the process, well before construction ever started, and then throughout. It's no secret the MT was going to be built; we all know it was a hot controversy for how it was funded. So here's why I scratch my head. If I'm the director/curator of a world-class museum, why does the massive structure being built right next to me, and how it is being built, not result in a flurry of questions well in advance? The first questions that comes to mind would be the impact to my overtly unique Piano-designed roof. The glass reflection would be at the top of my list of concerns. And at the slightest suggestion of an issue, I'm going to call time out, call in the media, and pull every stop possible to halt the construction until the issue is addressed. Perhaps this did happen? I'd love to know. With that said, I'm in no way indicating the MT isn't responsible, but does that mean the Nasher is exonerated from excercising due diligence before and after construction started, given they took no action and asked no questions until the structure was well under construction?

    PS: The MT is stunning. At least we have a pretty addition to the skyline.

  • The media bias on this building has been outrageous! Through incestuous relationships the Nasher had inside help at at least one major print media… Towering Inferno??? I don't think so. I wish they would realize they are only hurting sales and in effect, the whole city.

  • The media bias on this building has been outrageous! Through incestuous relationships the Nasher had inside help at at least one major print media… Towering Inferno??? I don't think so. I wish they would realize they are only hurting sales and in effect, the whole city.