West Edge turns into a very expensive game of Jenga

  • West Edge, in its original vision

In a decision that should send a chill down the spine of black-cape architects, the Polsinelli Shughart law firm wants to tear down an unfinished office building that Moshe Safdie designed for the Bernstein-Rein ad agency.

The 11-story building has been deemed too irregular for lawyers. According to a report in today’s Kansas City Star, Polsinelli’s general contractor will gingerly dismantle Safdie’s creation in order to preserve the parking garage that was built underneath it. A boutique hotel that was part of the original concept for the West Edge development will also be saved.

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