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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.124
Section 17C.124.590

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.590 Treatment of Blank Walls on Tall Buildings – Building Design
  1. Purpose.

To ensure that upper floors with blank facades on tall buildings are visually interesting when viewed from surrounding streets and buildings.

  1. Blank Wall Treatment Implementation.
    1. Tall buildings that have a visually exposed blank façade or blank portions of façade above the ground level shall use one or more of the following methods as design treatment. (R)
      1. Mural.
      1. Textured concrete.
      1. Faux window or fenestration patterning.
      1. Recesses.
      1. Bands of differing texture and color.
      1. An architectural element not listed above, as approved, that meets the intent.

Artistic mural


Textured surface


Articulation/recessed windows


Trompe l'oeil (painted facade)

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1