While the headline "New Buildings Add Zest, Jest . . ." suggests humor, the article it appeared with {Metro, Aug. 9} dwelt on unflattering nicknames and negative opinion. For the second time in as many days, Tycon Towers I was represented out of context, leaving the reader wondering if anyone at The Post understands architecture.

In spite of its size, this building evokes the grace and harmony of a Palladian window -- its esteemed designer is not playing a joke. Wit is there, as is evident in the architect's past commissions, such as the AT&T building in New York, yet it is important that this structure be viewed in its proper context. It is only the first third of a harmonious composition that will balance the verticality of Tower I. And within the building, one finds public areas of lavish proportions -- which have not been created for commercial buildings during the past 50 years.

As someone who spends much of his working day at Tycon Towers, I can give little credence to an article that describes a building of inspired classical detail in a contemporary idiom, and with 1.8 million bricks, as "a soaring salmon-colored limestone building." Further, as the building fills with tenants, its public areas are coming alive, hardly fitting The Post's descriptions "medieval way of life" and "fortress."

One hopes The Post's critics and writers would look within before passing their opinions.

DENNIS A. PAINE

Falls Church