I'm just so tired of seeing every darned project go in the wrong direction re: the design aspect. This one has taken a significant step backward. Even the design of the podium has gone in the wrong direction.
The reason why I was impressed with the previous concept is because you normally wouldn't expect a project like this to be worth looking at. It was refreshing that it had some appeals, mainly because of the asymmetry of the stacked forms and the irregularity of the terrace levels, and the way the design of the windows and cladding were further distinguishing those elements. But now everything has been simplified almost to the point of having no flavour at all. There's no asymmetry, there's no articulation. The design has been reduced to an oversimplified blah tower on top of an oversimplified blah podium.
I like the fact that the tower is less bulky than before. But methinks there's a much better design to be found simply by merging this concept with the previous concept.