Hue Raleigh Material Mockup

March, 19, 2008, by Jedidiah

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As mentioned last week, Hue Raleigh has set up a sales office on the West end of Martin Street as construction continues on the condo building.  To continue the triangulation of Hue’s presence in the West End, they have also been building a material mock-up just west of the train tracks on Hargett Street, just down the hill from Sidetrack Brewpub and Bloomsbury Estates.

It is a small pavilion for testing various materials that will be used on the condo building.  As well, it will probably be used to show future residents the exterior cladding of the building while still under construction.  It is only a short walk from both the Hue construction site and the sales office.  The square concrete block is nice, but the scored blue and yellow stucco looks like it could be aesthetically out of date quite quickly.  It might already be. 

I wonder what some uses for this small pavilion could be after Hue is up and running? 

And it looks like Bloomsbury has their own Sales Office open down the street: 

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  • freshsqueze
    03/19 03:15 PM

    ticket sales for the haunted house? ;)

  • Rusty
    03/19 03:32 PM

    Is it just me, or is the whole Hue concept a little… trite?

  • Robert E Leebowitz
    03/19 03:59 PM

    Is that a giant “Help!” sign on Bloomsbury?  Does anyone know their current percentage of units sold?  I imagine many backed out due to construction delays and I wonder how far they are towards selling out this tower and into the next tower.  Are they on their 18th real estate broker now?  I’m hoping there’s a real estate agent out there who can spill some details on how many cancellations of “reserved” units are occurring at Bloomsbury, West, and RBC.  It’s been a bumpy week for the economy, after all.

  • Jedidiah
    03/19 04:06 PM

    No it’s a sales center sign, I just posted it in the article also for your viewing pleasure.

  • 150
    03/19 04:56 PM

    Robert, give Ann-Cabell a call. I’m sure she’ll tell you about Bloomsbury/West/etc…

  • dbearhug
    03/19 05:39 PM

    “Robert, give Ann-Cabell a call. I?m sure she?ll tell you about Bloomsbury/West/etc? “

    I just had this bad vision of Ann locking on without letting go.  She’s very sweet and good at what she does, so I can’t be too hard on her especially when she let me crash her table at the Academy Awards party.


  • Dana
    03/19 06:09 PM

    The Hue looks kind cheap, really. Just a bunch of EFIS with no relief. I especially hate windows that are not inset at all. This is the big problem with 222 Glenwood.

    Nice to include the far nicer looking Bloomsbury in the photo. It shows the stark contrast between the two.

  • Deb
    03/19 06:19 PM

    The picture of Bloomsbury against the sun really cracked me up. It definitely resembles the “Haunted Mansion” at Disney World to me.

    I’m not really sure what I think about the mockup. I am not keen on the concrete block look, but it might look better on the acutal building.

  • 150
    03/19 06:26 PM

    Funny, I’ve closely watched Bloomsbury go up the last 2+ (ugh) years, and now that it’s close to having a complete exterior, I think it looks…  Can’t wait for the twin to go up, maybe that will make it look better. 

    Has anyone noticed how the Bloomsbury sticks out as you drive north from Garner?  I was surprised at how much it does.

  • Christopher Triplett
    03/19 06:32 PM

    Bloomsbury is a bad copy.  Why does any building have a false window (ahem, Solas) or, in this case, a window outline?  If there isn’t a spot for a window, then find some other way to continue symmetry.

    Hue: I agree with Dana on the windows.  This is simple materials transition, how on Earth it is so often overlooked…I don’t know.  I agree with the author concerning the colors.  Earth tones are really the only colors that have great staying power; they look like natural elements.  It’s going to look cheap, but that’s what I thought when I was handed a flier on May 19th, the date of the ‘07 Downtown Raleigh Home Tour.  I wonder how it will differ this year?


  • brian_M
    03/20 04:19 AM

    “Haunted house up on the hill” ...lulz! Maybe they’ll run with it and do something festive at Halloween.

  • JZ
    03/25 05:46 PM

    I find a discussion between Hue and Bloomsbury a curious dialectic.  The reason being is that they are very similar in terms of their methods of construction.  Sure, Bloomsbury has a poured-in-place concrete structure and Hue appears to be being framed out of steel.  But the mock up along Hargett reveals how similar the two buildings really are: both are non-bearing metal stud wall construction with vinyl-clad openings. 

    Hue’s poor detailing in the synthetic stucco finish is paralleled by, as Chris noted, the blanked-off window openings. But there’s another peculiar and uncomfortable detail I noted on my walk yesterday:  the window opening arch details.  With or without architectural training, a careful eye should be put to some unease with how this was resolved.  For the Jack (flat) arches over the square openings, the spans are uncomfortably large giving the impression that brickwork may collapse at any moment.  For the more traditional Roman arches, the double and triple openings give some unease due to lack of intermediate support where two arches meet.  Yes, you can structurally do this, but not the way they have. It gives the impression that the bricks have been literally pasted into place to create that “look”.

    The flush installation of the windows in the Hue mock up create no sense of visual relief, or meaningfully break the scale of the building down from the massive block that it will be.  Vinyl clad windows have a limited life as does the synthetic (read: plastic) stucco and will wear poorly by fading and discoloring in a short period of time, say less than 10 years.  While the Bloomsbury seems to have gone all out on the brick, the same use of vinyl windows was a poor place to skimp.  Its a strange marriage of high and low quality materials and very disappointing.

    Not everything can be “big A, Architecture”, but everything should be well built.  Neither of these projects really are.

  • newbie
    06/17 03:07 AM

    these comments are truly amazing.  it appears that everyone wants to beat up on Hue and Bloomsbury when, in fact, they are both very well built buildings, especially Bloomsbury.  During the Home Tour on May 17, I was able to go on a tour inside the building and felt it was quality inside and out.  The windows are Pella double hung true divided windows that are aluminum clad.  Nothing cheap or vinyl about this building.  Where else in Raleigh will you find quality?  It has an all brick exterior and a slate roof top!!  I believe it is an aesthetically pleasing building to our downtown Raleigh.

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