Perhaps like you, I was under the impression that a "tower" was a
tall narrow building. Does the ODS Tower redefine the word? The twenty-four-story office building's east face is curved to give a better view of the river below, and a special floor design allows six corner offices at each end. But while its layered green-glazed-glass and white pattern are eye-catching enough, the ODS Tower has gotten many a catcall; it is nicknamed "Odious Tower" among many architects and designers.
This is partially due to its hulking parking garage, facing out to 3rd Avenue. But most of the building's bad press is because of the huge cedar tree carcass bolted on the building's west side. Does it compensate for the tower's lack of intrinsic ornamentation? The sculpture's promotional literature trumpeted that it would "call attention to the state's majestic trees both in terms of natural beauty and economic vitality."