As the second tower of the One Rincon Hill complex takes shape, we asked him to stop by SFist for a chat. Here's what the up-and-coming North Tower had to say about sibling rivalry, girls, and more.
SFist: Welcome, thanks for stopping by.
Tower: Hi! Happy to be here.
SFist: Tells us a little bit about what you've been up to.
Tower: Well, as you know I'm growing up fast. Construction crews have set an elevator core up to about the 40th story, installation of the glass exterior has started, and I just discovered my big brother's stash of Playboy magazines.
SFist: Oh, so you're going through puberty, then?
Tower: Oh yeah, and it's not pretty. Major duck phase.
SFist: What's your relationship like with your brother the South Tower?
Tower: Well, he's been around a few years, and I'm new and young, so I think there's some jealousy and rivalry there. He's used to being the only one, you know? Even though he always knew I was planned. So, you know, he pushes me around a little bit.
SFist: How do you feel about the height discrepancy between you two?
Tower: Listen, I know I'm shorter. I'll probably only be about 495 feet with 45 stories, and the South Tower is 60 stories and stands 641 feet. And I know I'm going to get a lot of jokes and laughs over that, but you know what? I'm okay with it. I don't need to be that huge tall building that messes with the city skyline, although I might do some of that too if you know I mean! But no, it doesn't bother me. If a girl goes for my brother just because he's taller, then she's superficial and not the girl for me.
SFist: What kind of girl are you looking for?
Tower: Tall, can walk in heels, that kind of thing. It's a practical matter. No one under 5' 9".
SFist: What are your goals, as a tower?
Tower: Well, the usual things first and foremost. Don't fall over, etc. But I'd really love what the Walkie-Talkie building is doing over in London. He melted a car, for chrissakes! He's burning things, all with the concentrated energy of the sun. I don't know if I'm good enough at math and physics to manage something like that, but it's kind of a dream of mine.
SFist: Well ... good luck with that?
Tower: Thank you!
SFist: Any other architectural role models?
Tower: Garisenda, the shorter of the two leaning towers of Bologna, Italy. He's been around since the 12th-century and has never once let the taller Asinelli tower make him feel insignificant or overshadowed. Except obviously when, due to the angle of the sun, he is literally overshadowed.
SFist: What's your favorite book?
Tower: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Two Towers.
SFist: Favorite movie?
Tower: Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of "The Two Towers".
SFist: Favorite ... ? Oh fuck it. Get out of here you crazy kid. Good luck with all that.
Tower: Smell you later!