[Downtown Victoria] 601 Herald | Condos| 4-storeys | Built - completed in 2011
Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:42 PM
The developer is Formwerks. An interior courtyard would preserve the windows on the north-facing side of the heritage building beside it (except the window directly below the 7-Up sign). The height would be about the same as that building (about 50 feet). Parking would be inside the ground level (no underground). The roof of the parking would be the floor of the courtyard.
More details next week.
Photo by jaypeg21.
Posted 18 January 2008 - 07:17 AM
Posted 18 January 2008 - 09:59 AM
The main issue with that block is Chung Wah Mansions which I know is a di Castri but it is also hideous.
Just which di Castri designs are not hideous? I sort of like the Ballantyne building, but it has not weathered the years well. Everything else was completely wrong for Victoria from the start. Mid-Century Modern just seems to have failed miserably here. Perhaps it only works in dryer climates like Palm Springs.
I am hoping Formwerks can do a design similar to the one I posted before.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 03:47 PM
The sale of this site is being finalized right now. As with any site requiring extensive environmental remediation, transfer of ownership can be a complex and lengthy process.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 04:13 PM
Originally Posted by Rob Randall
The Brake lot is offered for sale on the Colliers site but I don't know if that means the Formwerks proposal is dead or not.
I just walked past this site about a half hour ago and the Colliers "For Sale" sign is still leaning against the "7-Up" building with a sold sticker on it, as it has been for several months (since before the Formwerks proposal came to light if I recall correctly). Could the Colliers website be out of date or has the lot really gone back on the market?
Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:59 PM
There are 27 units and 19 parking spaces. The density is 2.5:1. They would really prefer a single-lane entrance to the parking if they could get the engineering department to permit it (unlikely).
Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:05 AM
-City of Victoria website, 2009
Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:37 PM
Hopefully it will nicely fit in without looking too "faux" .
At a glance, the potential for "faux" is the only thing that really worries me. If it's detailed and genuine then it's a winner.
It just needs to be proud of itself, stand on its own, and thereby fit in. Buildings that try to fit in by deferring to their surroundings (or deferring to popular perceptions about their surroundings) only end up sticking out like proverbial sore thumbs.
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