A twin tower named Two Fountain Place was planned across the street during the 1980s real estate boom. It would have been offset 90° from this tower.
Architect Henry Cobb of I.M. Pei & Partners summarized his design for this building as "geometry pursued with rigor". Based on the diagonal of a double square, it is a subtractive form, "what's left after carving into a square prism.".
The elevators go to the 62nd floor; a stairway leads up to a 63rd floor for mechanical equipment and storage.
The architects were recognized with an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1990.
The plaza has 172 bubbler fountains, 225 Texas cypress trees, waterfalls, and a central court fountain with 360 computer-driven jets.
Half of the building site is set aside as a two-acre downtown water garden and fountain plaza, a wet and very shady destination for pedestrians in a city of automobiles.
Fountain Place is located at the end of the northwest branch of the downtown tunnel system, and connects directly to the Fairmont Hotel to the east.
Fountain Place is the world's tallest building to be glazed with four-sided structural silicone.
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