This is here is the first evidence of André Balasz's marvelous Meatpacking ambition, his High Line-straddling Standard Hotel. Photos taken from Washington Street and the parking lot on the western side of the construction site; it's certainly one of the—er, odder—early construction scenes we've ever seen. Then again, the building design by Polshek Partnership seems to be an odd beast itself. To be honest, we're still not entirely sure what this thing is going to look like; the version of the design that made the rounds again in December is straight ahead. Be mildly afraid.