Don't you hate wind traps? I mean the buildings in big cities that catch the wind and throw it back at you, usually when it's cold outside and you're not dressed for the weather. After a few minutes of walking past a wind trap you feel raw, like you've been sand-blasted.
I've never seen this building close up so I can't tell if it's accessible from the street. It looks like there's half a chance that the main door faces the river, not the front, forcing people from the street to walk around the bleak and arid concrete side. Probably most people come out of what looks like a wind trap parking lot on the right. Imagine how cold the space in front of that lot gets when the wind blows off the river!
Maybe most people don't use the exterior doors and come into the structure from an escalator or an elevator in the parking lot. Maybe it's just me, but that strikes me as sad. The space around a building is so electric and full of potential. I think of a building as a big old shaggy dog of a thing that wants to be part of a community, not an isolated island that's imposed on it.
On another point, I've never understood why architects don't make the exterior ground floor of their buildings more interesting. All you have to do is provide space for lots of little shops and let the merchants take care of the rest. Of course you have to make sure the shops are visible from the street. If it's a windy area you make an arcade. Visitors will come from all over to window shop along stores if they have the right "vibe." Architects should be specialists in the art of "vibe."
Here's (above) what every architect dreads...the cozy little street full of buildings conceived by by non-architects, and which come out of a specific cultural tradition.
On such a street you never know what you'll stumble on. Every store reflects the unique character of the owner.
Changing the subject again, here's (above) a nice picture of St. Basil's Cathedral sitting in what used to be called Red Square, next to the Kremlin. This has to be one of the most appealing buildings in the world. Legend has it that Ivan the Terrible had the eyes of the architects put out so they could never again build anything as beautiful.
You don't see many pictures of the inside of St. Basil's. Maybe that's because it's divided into eight chapels like the one above. What an awesome room! The pattern looks like it was derived from delicate teacups and plates. It gives the room a fragile look, like a sneeze might bring the whole thing tumbling down.