Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Eyesore of the Week 051706

This here is the new Superior Mazda on Moberly Drive in Bentonville. Soon to be followed by the Superior Commercial Building right behind it. Which will pour nearly 400,000 square feet of office space into a market so saturated with office space that they could stop building it now, and they'd meet demand for YEARS. But that's a whole other story.

I'm not sure what exactly was the desired aesthetic with the Mazda dealership, but if it was "garish nightmare of mismatched colors on a sheet metal box with windows that mimic a cage," I would say they succeeded brilliantly. I'm not much for the design of nearly any giant car dealerships, but have you noticed how much smoother and cleaner the Toyota and Honda dealerships look? And they seem to all be built to similar specs and out of similar materials.

This thing is visible from the interstate, barely, so let's see if crashes increase between 28th Street and 102 over the next few weeks as drivers look to the west and see this nightmare of an edifice.

At least the tic-tacs on wheels in the front row are fun to look at. They don't make a Miata in puke green, tiger orange and mazda blue; so why in the world would you adorn your dealership the same way?

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