I thought I posted these last month and realized I didn't when I saw the pictures of the site. The building deserves closer attention than it received in those other pictures.
Fabrizio, my main man, once again you point out all the fine points that make this a gem. I love that rounded corner too. In these photos you can see the brickwork would be stunning with a clean-up. I really can picture the canopies and flags. What great contrast it would offer to the other buildings around it.
I love Foster's work and I'm confident that the tower will be elegant, and good for the neighborhood. I hope the base is not as banal as it appears in the rendering(which, admittedly, is mostly obscured), or they should have incorporated this beautiful old building into the design.
Foster! Please, Sir, give this intersection something stunning at street level to justify this loss!