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#21 aastra

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 10:51 AM

But it would be a bridge to nowhere unless they put a restaurant on it.

If not a restaurant then at least some open space. The lack of open space on the Undersea Gardens' platform has always been an issue.

#22 G-Man

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:18 AM

Floating homeless shelter / needle exchange anyone?

#23 Mike K.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 12:36 PM

How about our own floating McDonald's?

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#24 G-Man

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 02:00 PM

We could probably get the Expo one cheap if it is still rusting away in Burrard inlet.

#25 IanHunter250

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:31 AM

UG has always been just as lame as it is now, it just seems like it used to be better because everything seems better when your a kid

#26 victorian fan

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 12:56 PM

A fish prison.

#27 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:04 PM

WTF?



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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:09 PM

1971 I'm guessing.

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#29 Mike K.

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:38 PM

That's trippy.

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#30 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:43 PM

Red octopus on the roof. That was back when building codes allowed rooftop octopi. Hmmmm, turns out the word "octopi" might not be correct.
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#31 Mike K.

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 04:05 PM

It was taken down because it blocked views of the Sooke Hills. And Check out the smog over the city.

Victoria sure was a "breath of fresh air" back when it was unspoiled by new downtown condos and the only things blocking views of Sooke Hills were pleasant things like fuel silos, warehouses and plastic octopi/octopuses. Oh Victoria, when did you stray from your beautiful quaint roots?

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#32 Nparker

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:39 AM

Interesting article in the T-C this morning (http://www.timescolo...7761/story.html) about some proposed, and potentially interesting changes to that floating "landmark" of the inner harbour, our beloved Undersea Gardens. Here's a link to the architect's website that shows some conceptual images: Undersea Gardens | Chow Low Hammond

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:46 AM

It seems like CLH is the go-to firm for Inner Harbour architecture these days, having created designs for the marina buildings and the proposed seaplane terminal.

I declare the destruction of the old Gardens unlikely as it's probably the last remaining piece of authentic floating googie architecture.
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#34 Nparker

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:53 AM

I can also already hear cries of the desecration of a piece of Victoria's heritage (lol). This is the sort of "avant-garde" design one might expect in Vancouver and gawd-knows we don't want that. The concept drawings make me think of both the Sydney Opera House and some of the more cutting edge designs in London. If we aim to be more British than Britain shouldn't we be emulating what's going on there today?

#35 D.L.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 10:20 AM

That design would go well with the new bridge.

#36 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 10:40 AM

If we aim to be more British than Britain shouldn't we be emulating what's going on there today?



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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:31 PM

Am I the only one that finds The Undersea Gardens as not only tacky to look at, but the 'experience' is ridiculously priced for the sub-par experience that it is... It is dark, dreary, barely any fish species to look at... And it appears the majority of their focus is on gifts and crap that you must walk through in order to exit...?

And to further the tackiness, we were in some town in Oregon (or was it Washington state?) and they had the Exact. Same. Apparatus. being used in the same manner.

I, for one, would be quite happy for it to find another home *or* undergo a substantial exterior reno but also a significant upgrade to its offerings as an experience, otherwise it is an embarassment to anyone I know that visits Victoria.

"Give Pacific Undersea Gardens a wide pass" is always my advice to any tourist that asks or will listen.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

Nope I have been asking for its sinking for many years. It is crap and don't know how they get away with it.

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#39 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:49 PM

Nope I have been asking for its sinking for many years. It is crap and don't know how they get away with it.


I don't understand the negativity. They have a lease. I can think of dozens of retail operations that I personally think are worse run. I also think that the place is magical for kids. They love it! And it makes lots of money, it's been around forever.
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#40 gumgum

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 06:29 PM

^It's an embarrassment to the city. It has 2 out of 5 on Tripadvisor .

Because of its prominent location, it gives the impression as being endorsed by the locals and local government. This makes me cringe.

Fortunately the days are numbered for businesses such as these because of the internet. It's only a matter of time.

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