I think the death star has more glazing, doesn't it?
I'd say this esthetic in moderation could have been pretty cool. But it's the same problem that we see on the tower for Hudson Place 2. The esthetic itself isn't necessarily awful, but by going "all in" with it they make it seem more overwhelming and oppressive than it needed to be. The same designs could have been much better with even a bit of variation in the mix.
If you had shown me some samples of this UVic cladding I probably would have liked it. And then as I was walking away you could have muttered something like, "Glad you liked it, because you're going to get a lot of it."