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#81 Mike K.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 03:51 PM

Last couple of times that I've driven past this project I haven't see any activity. I wonder what's up.

#82 amor de cosmos

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 05:00 PM

I wonder what's up.


not the building, obviously. HHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

#83 2F2R

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 06:39 PM

I believe it when there taking the crane off the roof …

#84 Holden West

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 05:33 AM

ON SITE: VICTORIA
A new angle on condo towers
The prow-shaped Silkwind aims to cut a striking pose on the Victoria skyline


THOMASINA BARNES
The Globe and Mail

December 14, 2007

Aquinas Corp. and Urbia Developments have created an unusual triangular design for their SilkWind condominium tower project, hoping to make a big impression on the Victoria skyline.

The 23-storey tower will be the tallest in the area, says Thomas Bales, president and chief executive of Aquinas.

"We envisioned a project that would become a landmark for the Greater Victoria area," Mr. Bales says.

By designing a triangular building to match the site shape, the project will offer unparalleled views, Mr. Bales says.

"The idea was to create something that gives the feeling of the ocean and billowing sails while taking full advantage of the wonderful unobstructed views of the Straits of Juan du Fuca, Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker, downtown Victoria and the Royal Colwood golf course, that this site offers," he says.

The 150 condominium homes at SilkWind have been designed to maximize the view with nine-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows.

The suites' interiors have been designed by Sandy Nygaard with cherry or maple cabinetry, plasma fireplaces, marble and granite countertops and engineered hardwood floors.

"We have spared no expense in the luxurious appointments of the suites," says Mr. Bales.

While Victoria has garnered great attention from second home buyers in Alberta, Mr. Bales believes that SilkWind is the perfect place for local and international home buyers, down-sizers and retirees.

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SILKWIND

DEVELOPER: Aquinas Corp. and Urbia Developments

BUILDER: Kinetic Construction Ltd.

PRICE: Starting from the mid-$500,000's to $1.8-million

SIZE: 1,071 sq. ft. to 2,104 sq. ft.

SALES CENTRE: 102-645 Tyee Rd., Victoria

CONTACT: 1-877-468-6745 or http://www.silkwindwestshore.ca
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

#85 amor de cosmos

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:10 AM

oh boy that building looks incredible! maybe it's better to build on weird-shaped lots, since it will be less likely that the building will be a big boring box.

#86 aastra

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:50 AM

Anybody who doesn't know Victoria would probably read that piece and think Silkwind at Westshore is located in the heart of the city.

#87 2F2R

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:56 PM

Any up-dates on this - - I have not seen any activity on site in two or three weeks now!

#88 Mike K.

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 12:53 PM

I popped into the sales centre today at Upper Harbour Place in Vic West and spoke with two representatives on the status of the project.

The foundation permit has just been received and work at the site has commenced once again. A new marketing campaign is making its rounds, too.

So it appears as though the project is back on track.

#89 Mike K.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 08:51 AM

Anyone been by the site lately?

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#90 ressen

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:34 PM

It looks like they hit a pocket of blue clay that they are now digging out making for a really deep hole. I think they are down to bed rock again.

#91 Nominalis

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 11:41 AM

That blue clay is beautiful. What a striking reminder of the last ice age melting.
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#92 Mike K.

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:06 PM

Are crews actually on-site, or is that excavation activity from previous weeks?

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 03:18 PM





They are there working on it.

#94 Nparker

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:03 PM

Reminds me of the good old days at the Radius, before all activity there ceased.

#95 aastra

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:27 PM

Now that I've finally seen it, I have to say it seems like an odd site for a slick glass highrise.

#96 aastra

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:28 PM

Actually, that excavation seems enormous for a single building. Why so big?

#97 amor de cosmos

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:28 PM

Isn't anyone else extremely EXCITED about this building?! This is just as good as the Juliet!

#98 Nparker

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:21 PM

Isn't anyone else extremely EXCITED about this building?! This is just as good as the Juliet!


Not really. This sort of density makes little sense in the suburbs. I would agree with you more if this same design had been approved and built downtown. This tower likely just means a whole lot more commuters travelling on an already congested road system. Unlike the Juliet, this building's location makes it anything but smart or sustainable.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 08:08 PM

Not really. This sort of density makes little sense in the suburbs. I would agree with you more if this same design had been approved and built downtown. This tower likely just means a whole lot more commuters travelling on an already congested road system. Unlike the Juliet, this building's location makes it anything but smart or sustainable.


I just meant the building looks cool...

#100 Mike K.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:12 PM

The lack of progress on this project is peculiar. At a glance nothing much has changed since January.

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