Thursday, February 5, 2009

More on the Gaylord Rendering

The Tribune has also launched their story about the Gaylord rendering, and they even have a bigger picture you can look at for more detail. I think it looks even cooler the more you study it. Judging by the size, I would assume thats the conference center space off to the left. I would also assume the center building with the tall towers would be the one most likely to hit that 18 story height. All in all, I think its very cool and will certainly be something out of the ordinary that will attract people to southeast Mesa. Going for the 1,500 rooms right off the bat creates more capacity generating more immediate revenue. I think it shows confidence in the location.

Republic blogger Joanna Allhands doesn't like the image because she doesn't think its "Arizona" enough. Her complaints surround the architecture and the palm trees. I don't know how long Allhands has lived here, but I think it will fit in just fine. After all, are any of these things not "Arizona" enough?

Egads, that sure looks like some Spanish architecture.

There is even some more of it AND some Palm Trees.

Speaking of Palm Trees, they certainly don't fly in Mesa.

Besides, as well all know, resorts in Arizona certainly can't combine palm trees and greenery with the Desert!

1 comment:

Heath Reed said...

What really is Arizona Joanna? Really, no one knows. Look at the built environment here and most of it is drag and drop. Arizona has not kept with its identity of hohokam buildings, or after that, Spanish buildings. Now is that Arizona, or did someone bring their own idea of what they wanted? I would say the latter.

I would like to see how the built environment is around it. How this hybrid FBC works in this area and makes it urban next to a resort. It does not look bad, but do I love it??? No, but it looks better then 95% of what has been being built here the past 5 decades.

I am not a huge fan of palm trees because they are non-native plants. They do not provide much shade and are expensive to plant. However, this is an economic issue and visitors want to see this when they come to the desert. You can still mix this in with native plants and make it work.