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#261 Nparker

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 04:16 PM

What's wrong with the Central Library?...

Ask anyone who has ever worked there. They'll give you a litany of reasons why a space designed as a 1970s office building is far from ideal for a modern library.



#262 johnk

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:30 AM

The Mint is now a brothel?
... or is it the perigee place?
 
I'm terribly uninformed on this location as a brothel I'm afraid!

In-call aka whorehouse. I'm intrigued as to where exactly they might escort the customer.

#263 johnk

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:33 AM

I dont have any specific projects in mind other than getting rid of three car lots at Cook and Yates. How much better, more appropriate it would be to have three residential buildings there.
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#264 Jackerbie

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 12:14 PM

I dont have any specific projects in mind other than getting rid of three car lots at Cook and Yates. How much better, more appropriate it would be to have three residential buildings there.

 

Isn't the Audi dealership moving somewhere by Mayfair?



#265 Midnightly

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:16 PM

i'd like to see bylaws enforced.. and the downtown core pressure washed



#266 Rob Randall

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:27 PM

Took this pic of Westbank's Vancouver House today. Love to see something this dynamic here.

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#267 Coreyburger

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:32 PM

What benefit would there be to a faux 19th century streetscape on one of the main downtown thoroughfares? Isn't this precisely what Old Town is for?

 

Because the buildings built in this era were some of the best walkable urbanism we have ever done. Downtown would be a lot better off if we still built the same way



#268 Nparker

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:39 PM

Because the buildings built in this era were some of the best walkable urbanism we have ever done. Downtown would be a lot better off if we still built the same way



#269 Nparker

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:41 PM

Because the buildings built in this era were some of the best walkable urbanism we have ever done. Downtown would be a lot better off if we still built the same way


So create contemporary buildings with the same urban feel, but don't slavishly imitate the past.

#270 Mike K.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 10:26 AM

Walkable urbanism = building to the lot like.

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#271 Bingo

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 02:01 PM

Took this pic of Westbank's Vancouver House today. Love to see something this dynamic here.
 

 

A bit ugly.  They must have had the plans upside down.


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#272 Jackerbie

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 02:59 PM

A bit ugly.  They must have had the plans upside down.

 

Once all the cladding is done, this building is going to be absolutely stunning. BIG did an amazing job working with the irregular lot shape and the setbacks from the ramps.

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#273 grantpalin

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:36 PM

I'm no engineer, but I worry about the stability of that building. Larger top than bottom, high centre of gravity, seismic zone etc.


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#274 sdwright.vic

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Posted Yesterday, 06:12 AM

A lot of the curve and cut away are done with a bit of illusion. The first floors are a little more that 3/4 of the full top floor floor plate
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#275 TallGuy

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Posted Yesterday, 10:47 AM

I'm no engineer, but I worry about the stability of that building. Larger top than bottom, high centre of gravity, seismic zone etc.

Steel. Lots and lots of steel. Plus you can move the center of gravity with things like the location of the elevator shaft and slab thickness.

 

When I look at the building it hurts my brain to think of how much it would have cost to design and then the material costs.


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#276 Rob Randall

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Posted Yesterday, 10:48 AM

I'm no engineer, but I worry about the stability of that building. Larger top than bottom, high centre of gravity, seismic zone etc.

 

Then you won't like Seattle's Rainier Tower.


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#277 Nparker

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Posted Yesterday, 11:12 AM

Then you won't like Seattle's Rainier Tower.

https://www.seattlet...n-a-pedestal-2/

 

Speaking of which, Rainier Square is in for a major overhaul.

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Perhaps the new tower will hold up the old one if it falls the right way in a quake.  ;)



#278 Jackerbie

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Posted Yesterday, 11:30 AM

^ Apparently Rainier Tower is one of the safest buildings in Seattle



#279 thundergun

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Posted Yesterday, 01:51 PM

Just like the Qube in Vancouver


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#280 Cityguy

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Posted Yesterday, 06:36 PM

Apart from the fact that I love cutting-edge architecture and hate faux Victorian.....and....off-topic just a bit....I found this article to be quite fascinating and wonder how it might apply to Victoria? https://www.curbed.c...gy-architecture
 


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