The BB&T building (in orange) could fit below the CCTV Building (center) overhang.
Ever since its completion in the early 60’s, the BB&T building forever changed the Asheville skyline. Being one of the taller buildings in Asheville, it stands at 227 feet tall with a prominent location in the middle of downtown. It has become a magnet for community criticism concerning building height, architectural aesthetics, city planning and the general growth of downtown Asheville. With an eventual facelift of the building approaching, in addition to the recent hotel boom and concern over an expanding Asheville skyline, we thought it might be worth an investigation to envision what more radical changes to the downtown skyline would look like.
The graphic above depicts the BB&T building (orange) measured up against some more famous structures and objects. From left to right : Space Shuttle Atlantis (Florida), Statue of Liberty (New York), Hyperion (California, the tallest living tree in the world), Pyramid of Khafre (Egypt), Seattle Space Needle (Seattle), CCTV Building (China), Titanic (Atlantic Ocean), Eiffel Tower (Paris), and the Empire State Building (New York).
Being one of the tall buildings in Asheville, the BB&T building gives the impression of being more massive than it really is. In order to give its height and mass context, we replaced the BB&T building with 5 iconic structures.