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257 Belleville Street
Use: condo
Address: 257 Belleville Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 8
Condo units: 35 (1BR, 2BR)
Sales status: in planning
257 Belleville Street is a proposal for an eight-storey, 35-unit condominium along the 200-block of Belleville... (view full profile)
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[James Bay - Victoria] 257 Belleville (Admiral Inn site) | 29.5m | 8-storeys | Approved


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#181 Nparker

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:22 PM

....what the hell is it with Victoria and red brick??

It was readily available in 1895, which is the last time Victoria had any new architectural ideas.



#182 Mike K.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:23 PM

Although, it is a practical design that will pique the interests of buyers. Sometimes untraditional designs can actually become a serious headache once the concept grows legs and the engineers get to work. We're still a low priced city as far as cutting edge real-estate design goes, so we end up with the designs we see as they're the ones that past the financial viability test.


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#183 Nparker

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:37 PM

Although, it is a practical design that will pique the interests of buyers...

Ahh...Victoria. The city of "practical" architecture. That's an amazing legacy for future generations.



#184 Mike K.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:42 PM

I guess we need to look at it this way. Who wants to pay double the going rate of what familiar designs would fetch? We don't have the draw of multi-millionaire investors like Vancouver does, even our rental rates are quite low compared to what's being charged in other cities where architecture costs necessitate much higher rents.

 

I know we'd all like to see avant-garde design ...but someone has to pay for it.


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#185 amor de cosmos

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 01:15 PM

i don't think it looks horrible. it might look better though if they changed them to black/charcoal bricks & stack bond like the new hudson buildings. i actually think it's pretty cool if someone is stuck with mundane old-school materials such as brick but can still come up with something interesting. like these
http://architizer.co...-facade-styles/
what if we had something like #2?

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#186 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 01:20 PM

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#187 Mike K.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 01:27 PM

Haha! I love that!


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#188 jonny

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 01:34 PM

I kind of like it...

 

 

*ducks*



#189 Nparker

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:33 PM

I kind of like it...

It's not unlikable, just entirely unimaginative*, especially for such a high profile location.

 

*Those sentiments are probably written somewhere in the city charter.



#190 Fairbanks

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:25 PM

Another hotel loss for Victoria.



#191 sdwright.vic

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:07 PM

Although, it is a practical design that will pique the interests of buyers. Sometimes untraditional designs can actually become a serious headache once the concept grows legs and the engineers get to work. We're still a low priced city as far as cutting edge real-estate design goes, so we end up with the designs we see as they're the ones that past the financial viability test.


The article said apartments though... not condo's.
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#192 aastra

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:48 PM

The renderings suggest quite a bit of glass coverage and at least two cladding materials (not just brick).



#193 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:58 PM

The article said apartments though... not condo's.

 

Condos = apartments in most senses of the word.


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#194 sdwright.vic

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 06:43 PM

^Yeah not always... and since interest rates are low, the property is already paid for, they may be looking at continued revenue stream... like a hotel.
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#195 Mixed365

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:36 PM

Who is the developer of this one?


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#196 jonny

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:09 PM

The renderings suggest quite a bit of glass coverage and at least two cladding materials (not just brick).


One thing I will note is that this design looks like it belongs attached to the Promontory or as a part of the same development. I.e. they look similar to me in colour and materials.

#197 amor de cosmos

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:24 AM

more brickwork
http://www.archdaily...ssive-brickwork

#198 tedward

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:53 AM

...what the hell is it with Victoria and red brick??

 

I love red brick. :P

 

I kind of like it...

 

 

*ducks*

 

I live nearby, would see it almost every day and I think it looks fine and fits in nicely with the existing buildings.

 

 

It's not unlikable, just entirely unimaginative*, especially for such a high profile location.

 

Really?!? I would describe it, at best, as adjacent to, "a high profile location." It is basically "filler" that is a transition from Laurel Point to the Heritage buildings across from the Clipper terminal.


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#199 Nparker

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:50 AM

..I live nearby, would see it almost every day and I think it looks fine and fits in nicely with the existing buildings...

And that's the key to all new architecture in Victoria isn't it - that it "fits in" with existing buildings. So I guess 100 years from now all new buildings in Victoria will still look exactly the same as today so they "fit in" with everything that was built 200 years earlier.  :whyme:



#200 tedward

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 03:17 PM

And that's the key to all new architecture in Victoria isn't it - that it "fits in" with existing buildings. So I guess 100 years from now all new buildings in Victoria will still look exactly the same as today so they "fit in" with everything that was built 200 years earlier.  :whyme:

 

Not what I said at all. Something doesn't have to, "look exactly the same" in order to fit in. A new building does have to complement the surroundings, both man-made and natural. Buildings like The Shard or The Gherkin in London would be wildly inappropriate for that site but something smaller could be interesting.

But in any case, **** the haters, I love brick. :P


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