I was being sarcastic, apparently failing to make a joke, referring @marni1971’s post below. If Eisner rejected the original designs for being too boxy and generic, wouldn’t it be humorous if those designs were what the current architect was basing his design from?What original rejected Graves designs? Graves was no longer a White by the time of the Swan and Dolphin. It seems doubtful that an architect wouldn’t know Graves and would also not bother with even cursory research on the site context.
It’s odd. Eisner rejected the original Tishman hotels that were proposed after they were moved from LBV to here. They were too box-like, generic glass buildings that could be built anywhere. That’s why we got the Swolphin.
Yet here we are in 2018 looking at a box-like generic glass building that could be built anywhere.