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#1 gumgum

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 12:59 PM

Swallows Landing, Esquimalt.
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When is this one due to be finished?

#2 Scaper

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 08:27 PM

I am not sure. I will take a photo of this tomorrow before the crane comes down. It looks good from the harbour.

#3 gumgum

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 03:22 PM

Pic from today:
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#4 gumgum

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:25 PM

today:















#5 aastra

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:38 PM

What was your impression of it?

#6 gumgum

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 08:39 PM

I thought the materials looked really high quality. The brick almost gave it a sort of Boston/ New york feel to it for some reason.
The grounds around it are a pretty big footprint, but I think it balances well with the fact that it's quite a large scale for other surrounding buildings.
Hard to tell from the pic, but those balonies are very large.

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 08:41 PM

it's hard to get an impression of the building with all that scaffolding still up, I'm not sure what I think of it. Funny how this project gets virtually no attention, but if it was downtown in would. To me the brick work looks a bit "busy" with the variation in colour. Thanks for the pics gumgum.

#8 gumgum

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 08:46 PM

That brickwork is so rare out here, but it's very common in Ontario and the American northeast.

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:04 PM

Yeah looks kind of 70s...

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:22 PM

Funny how this project gets virtually no attention, but if it was downtown in would. To me the brick work looks a bit "busy" with the variation in colour..


I've been wondering about it.. .. This weekend I got as far as to wondering why it didnt't have a thread here, so this is great timing. Swallow's Landing is the project with the protected Garry Oak area managed by the Land Conservancy, no?

I love brick on the exterior of buildings, it can have a certain classic feel to it.. in this case I think that the texture with the colour variation works for the setting.

edit: I notice now it is that orangish colour to it... not my favourite, but I still like the variation in colour. One of the newer buildings at UBC is done with a flat orange brick, and this combined with the massive boxy shape makes it look precisely like a real brick. Next time you fly to Vancouver on a float plane, just keep an eye out for the giant orange "brick". The inside is gorgeous, but the "brick" exterior is blah.l

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:36 PM

Are you talking about the Life Sciences Centre?



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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:38 PM

Today's theme is "brick".

I've seen a lot of brick buildings lately with a whitish bloom developing on the surface. The public library building is notable for this. I don't know if this is a flaw or just the natural aging process that eventually will give us that aged "heritage brick" look.

You're right though--it's almost forgotten, sitting there on a quiet street.
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#13 Walter Moar

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 11:33 PM

The "bloom" could be the clouding or leaching of a poorly-done sealant.

#14 rayne_k

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:13 AM

Are you talking about the Life Sciences Centre?


Yup that's the one, but it looks so benign in that picture.


In person it is an overwhelmingly massive wall of orangeness punctuated by glass. I find the exterior of the Forestry Centre to be much more appealing.

OMG I just google-earthed it..... what on earth was built between the Life Sciences Centre and the Old Winter Sports centre? Whatever it is.... whoa.

Geez it's windy out there tonight.

#15 gumgum

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 07:22 AM

I've been wondering about it.. .. This weekend I got as far as to wondering why it didnt't have a thread here, so this is great timing.

There was a thread rayne, it was just way at the bottom of the list.

#16 aastra

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:31 AM

That's a new parkade.

#17 rayne_k

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 09:16 PM

I've been wondering about it.. .. This weekend I got as far as to wondering why it didnt't have a thread here, so this is great timing.

There was a thread rayne, it was just way at the bottom of the list.


Ohh.. woops. My apologies, thanks for pointing that out - I'll go take peek.

Parkade? ... Please take the following as an uneducated OT tangent as I really have no idea what the other new developments on edge of campus have for parking arrangements:

If campus is supposed to be a microcosm of a community (UBC easily has a higher daytime population than a number of BC towns and likes to bill itself as a "community"), and can't be faring too poorly with all of their residential development, I might wonder why they aren't putting more parking underground.

#18 aastra

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 10:06 PM

Several of the new buildings do have parking underneath, but I presume they wanted acres of public pay parking for the Olympics and that's why they built an elevated parkade over by the ice complex site. The parkade is only just finishing construction as we type.

#19 rayne_k

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 10:36 PM

That makes me feel a bit better then.

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