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Vancouver-based Anthem Properties has made its Victoria development debut with the Union, a two building lowrise condo project between the 500-blocks of Pandora Avenue and Fisgard Street in Old Town’s amenity rich Chinatown district. The Union property, left barren for nearly a decade after the failure of a previous condo development, is a stones throw from the Inner Harbour and literally at the nexus of a rapidly changing and increasingly desirable historic area. [Read more]
Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:06 PM
Unfortunately the wave mural is a disappointment for me, looks like a mosaic that a free download program (loaded with spyware) would have created. Bad enough that the image was stretched vertically, but it appears they miscalculated as there was room to spare at the right hand side..which the filed with grey stone like tiles. The wall of glass on the Yates street side is a nice addition to downtown, but the other sides perhaps feature more concrete than is really necessary. All in all it's still a decent building.
Hey, some interior pictures from flickr as well! The starting prices on some of these suites is really reasonable, in the mid 200s, compare that with say Belvedere, these look pretty decent too, although the neighbourhood is not quite as good (although some might say better).
If all the pics don't show up, go here:
http://www.flickr.co... ... 267063743/
wow, you can really see in this last picture that if they ever built a fatscraper on the Empire Theatre (old Capitol Six) parking lot, it would totally wall in their view, and seal them in perpetual darkness...or sorta!
Post your Wave pics and comments below:
Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:55 PM
Victorians still don't seem to get it, fatscrapers aren't a solution, THEY'RE THE PROBLEM.
Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:58 PM
Posted 03 September 2006 - 09:35 PM
Where's the tile around the base of it?
Is that faux marble?
Posted 03 September 2006 - 10:03 PM
Posted 03 September 2006 - 10:39 PM
Posted 03 September 2006 - 10:51 PM
Gas fireplaces: yes, they take up too much room. And modern buildings are fairly well insulated and the climate so mild that you only have to fire it up for a few minutes and the place is baking, even in winter. So you can't really enjoy it.
Yeah, the mural looks like the work of a committee trying to be artistic.
The view of the CIBC tower is a damning indictment of the fatscraper proposal.
-City of Victoria website, 2009
Posted 03 September 2006 - 11:28 PM
I love the blue glass too....I just wish that the top few floors didn't have that huge cement wall on the west face and that, that section of the building rose another 5 floors.
Posted 04 September 2006 - 04:44 PM
Posted 04 September 2006 - 05:08 PM
I kinda like the brutal simplicity of the CIBC tower appearance. It's a product of its era and adds diverisity to the skyline. A city of shiny glass towers would be boring.
-City of Victoria website, 2009
Posted 04 September 2006 - 05:20 PM
I like it, and it's kept very well for it's age. I just would like to see something more modern and more artistic in the skyline.
Posted 04 September 2006 - 07:19 PM
Methinks slick common areas on the rooftops of these condo buildings would make it much easier to sell the less appealing units on the lower floors/rear.
Posted 04 September 2006 - 07:24 PM
Posted 04 September 2006 - 07:48 PM
Posted 04 September 2006 - 07:52 PM
Total 16 stories.
Posted 04 September 2006 - 08:16 PM
Posted 04 September 2006 - 08:23 PM
Aastra, you use the best visuals.
The Capitol 6 lot is tailor-made for a couple of towers with a split in the middle. Or one taller tower.
Posted 04 September 2006 - 08:27 PM
Posted 04 September 2006 - 08:38 PM
I just posted a cool photo of the CIBC tower in the photo section.
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