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Cityzen Residences
Uses: condo, commercial
Address: 613 Herald Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 6
Condo units: 32 (1BR)
Sales status: sold out / resales only
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[Downtown Victoria] Cityzen Residences (613 Herald Street) | Condos; commercial | 6-storeys | Excavation


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#41 Rob Randall

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 06:33 AM

The balconies are metal slats. When viewed from an angle (like in the rendering) they give privacy to the suites.

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#42 gumgum

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 08:13 AM

Are those plant pots an integral part of the design? Cuz they are a bad idea.

#43 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 08:38 AM

Hmm, hard to say from just one comparison, but I like the first one better. It has more integrity, somehow. The second one doesn't cohere nearly as well, imo.

Any reasons given for the changes?
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#44 Zimquats

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 08:40 AM

I really like the glass block (if that's indeed what it is).

If it were up to me, I'd push that glass block out to the line of the guardrail and return it back into the building. That would more emphasize the feature, as well as adding some floorspace to the suite.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 08:44 AM

^ Agree. The glass block comes into play much more as a design element in the first rendering, too. In the newest one, it plays second fiddle to some pretty big balcony guard rails.
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#46 Caramia

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 09:36 AM

At first glance I had the same impression, but after taking a walk down past the site I started to like the idea of the bolder red. The metal slats pick up some design elements from the neighbourhood, and actually the building gives a kind of a neat tribute to both Chinatown and the Design District. The street has some beautiful features, but they fight with a drabness that somehow manages to prevail, walking past there I felt like it needed something very punchy to make it work. (Painting the pink building next door would help a lot) The new balconies look bigger than the old ones, which will be a nice feature, even though they face north. I do agree that somehow the glass blocks seem less interesting in the new design though.

Overall I think the new design is growing on me.
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#47 Rob Randall

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 06:06 AM

the project will be on the agenda for a joint Heritage / Design meeting at noon on October 8th [at City Hall].


It will be interesting to see how this new hybrid panel judges this design and the way it fits into Chinatown. The public can observe this meeting.

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#48 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:14 AM

More design changes have been made.

The main North Facade has been re-designed to create more emphasis on the vertical termination of the facade and to reduce the horizontal emphasis of the second and third storeys. The dimension of the fascias which form the roof line has been increased and the additional layer of sheet metal flashing creates a second shadow line. The visual dominance of the second and third storey 'frame' has been softened by disengaging the railings from the frame and by changing the colour from red to a dark charcoal grey. All railings on the main facade are now black painted steel pickets, with a finer scaling and more visual transparency.


On the East and West Facade, the masonry walls will be a charcoal-tinted concrete masonry unit with regular (non-tinted) CMU soldier coursing at the floor levels. The joints will be raked to emphasize the brick-like pattern of the CMUs, as discussed in the previous meeting. The client is arranging permission to plant ivy on adjacent properties for the exposed walls, both East and West facing, (as shown on the updated Landscape Concept Plan L1). A grid of metal pegs built into the side walls will serve as a structure to shape the ivy on the walls; the ivy will be clipped to rectangular shapes as shown on the revised elevations. The more rigid geometric shaping will reduce maintenance issues at the roof flashing as well as impart a more architectural expression to the ivy covered walls.


“I mean I just don’t understand the big Texas part, like maybe he’s from Texas? I want to know the back story.”


#49 G-Man

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 11:28 AM

This goes to CotW for Development Permit Approval on Thursday.

#50 Holden West

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:40 AM

I am told CotW passed this on to a public hearing to be held soon.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:03 AM

Article in the paper today on this that gives me hope for this council. They allowed the developer to reduce the parking requirement to 9 spaces because the developer will be provided a communal electric car. This essentially allows developers to use this as precendent and pulls us below the previous 66% parking requirement downtown to a more reasonable 33%

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:42 PM

Article in the paper today on this that gives me hope for this council. They allowed the developer to reduce the parking requirement to 9 spaces because the developer will be provided a communal electric car. This essentially allows developers to use this as precendent and pulls us below the previous 66% parking requirement downtown to a more reasonable 33%

Great news! even better that the parking allowance has been provided.
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#53 Caramia

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:31 PM

That is good news, and yeah this council has done some good things so far.
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#54 Rob Randall

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:17 PM

But I wonder how many Councillors noticed that the DRA letter the Planning Department included in the Councillor's package was not the 613 Herald letter but the letter we submitted for 601 Herald (aka 1728 Government). I guess it didn't matter in the end because the DRA didn't have a problem with either building. 613 Herald also met with the approval of the various committees and the Planning Department so seeing it passed to Public Hearing by Committee of the Whole wasn't a big surprise.

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#55 Mike K.

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 04:39 PM

This project is approved, no?

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#56 Vic life

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 11:58 PM

I just hope they can keep that cool 7-UP painting. Maybe as the wall/backdrop for some ones patio!

#57 Holden West

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 12:03 AM

I just hope they can keep that cool 7-UP painting. Maybe as the wall/backdrop for some ones patio!


You're thinking of the development next door not this one, and no, the courtyard opens up just to the left of the sign. There's a photo of the model on the project's website.
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#58 Mike K.

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:52 AM

The project covering up the 7-up sign is 601 Herald.

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#59 Mike K.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 02:22 PM

Any updated on this project?

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#60 Mike K.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 11:25 AM

This project has now been rebranded "Kunju" and sales are starting.

More info at www.kunju.ca

Is the building to the right of Kunju supposed to be 601 Herald, or are we seeing at a different proposal?



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