click images for larger viewBooth Hansen's Joffrey Tower (aka MOMO), at State and Randolph, has always struck me as a bit slippery. To be sure, there is some articulation in the center-bay notch, but with the White Chiclet embroidery of the cladding, you get the feeling that without that huge hole in the middle where the base meets the tower, your eyes would simply slide off the building as you try to take it in visually.
This is especially true on the four-story podium, retail on the bottom two floors, the Joffrey Ballet on the top. It's flat, flat, flat, save for the pegs at the top of the first and third floors for securing banners.
The Hallidie Building, it's not, and the effect will be fleeting, but for the moment, in spite of itself, MOMO has gone a bit retro.