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Customs House
Uses: condo, commercial
Address: 816 Government Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 7
Condo units: 57 (1BR, 2BR, 3BR, penthouse)
Sales status: pre-sales
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[Downtown Victoria] Customs House | Condos; commercial | 7- & 5-storeys | Under construction


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#41 Mike K.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 05:06 PM

In response to mikes use of the word "drastic" I believe this is far to strong a word. We are simply looking to make minor alterations to the design, it's not going to be a complete remodel, just change some design elements and features here and their. My apologies for the confusion on wording, I missed it earlier.


No worries, I was just repeating the wording that was in the email but I'm glad this was cleared up in due course.

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#42 aastra

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 05:10 PM

I think one of the major issues with the existing buildings is that they seem absolutely lifeless. Obviously the ground floor needs to be transformed along Government and awakened as much as possible on every other side, but it's the upper floors, too. I'd love to see a fair number of balconies and a terrace here or there and just a whole lot of evidence that there are people in the place. When there's an event in the harbour I want to look over at this building and see a bunch of people milling about on the rooftop and the various other levels. I'm really wondering how the old building would look if some appropriately-styled iron balconies were added here and there. I suspect it would look fantastic, and even better when people are out standing on those balconies. But I know there's a lot of opposition to having balconies in the old town, even though the reasons don't make much sense as we discussed in a thread way back when.


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#43 Nparker

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 05:30 PM

...But I know there's a lot of opposition to having balconies in the old town, even though the reasons don't make much sense as we discussed in a thread way back when.

Apparently, in the eyes of "those who get the final say on aesthetics in Victoria" there is the belief that balconies are an entirely 21st century invention. Someone might want to let the ancient Romans know they simply imagined their balconies and similar structures.roman.jpg



#44 Mr Cook Street

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:36 AM

I think a bit of colour in the new portion would be nice. Like Shoal Point, and even the bit of colour in the Belmont building. We do not need Mondrian type colouring, but just something to break up the gray. I really like residential patios for the harbour side above some street level restaurants. sp%20l08-c.jpg

 

This building in Hobart, Tasmania has restaurants and shops along the main floor and condos above it with nice decks. The boats pulled up alongside are a nice touch as well.



#45 Mike K.

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:53 AM

A little bit of colour isn't a bad idea.

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#46 amor de cosmos

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 08:42 AM

another thing they could is use panels that are two (or more) different colours & have them randomly jumbled together creating an effect similar to this (although these are panels & windows):

 

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& I guess a bigger contrast would be 'edgier'. I'm not sure it would look right with the specific building in the renderings we've seen for some reason though


Edited by amor de cosmos, 18 May 2014 - 08:44 AM.


#47 Mixed365

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 07:17 PM

I realize this isn't a "minor alteration" as Johnathon S stated was going on, but a rooftop space would be oh so cool. 
 


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#48 aastra

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 03:13 PM

Just for fun, I wouldn't mind seeing what a glass dome would look like on top of that rendering.



#49 amor de cosmos

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 05:42 PM

Just for fun, I wouldn't mind seeing what a glass dome would look like on top of that rendering.


on the old section, sort of like this? now that is a cool idea

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#50 Nparker

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 06:07 PM

Something tells me Victoria isn't ready for a re-do a la the "Reichstag"



#51 AllseeingEye

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:14 PM

All I ask is there is no faux heritage or obligatory red brick elements...and whatever Pam Madoff suggests, do the exact opposite.

Can we get an "Amen Brother!!" to this..........



#52 D.L.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:06 PM

Just noticed the chateau roof on the building in this view

 

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#53 D.L.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:07 PM

Johnathan S., do you know yet what material will be used for the cladding? 



#54 Holden West

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:19 PM

Inner Harbour cladding guidelines: "Stone or go home".


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#55 D.L.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:55 PM

Here's a look at the old building

 

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Then the modernization

 

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#56 gumgum

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:09 PM

I agree stone is a big one on my list.



#57 Szeven

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:37 AM

What is the purpose of the building still listed on ICX for sale?



#58 sdwright.vic

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:44 AM

Sale pending redevelopment application. Line up potential buyers.
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#59 Johnathon S

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:45 AM

Johnathan S., do you know yet what material will be used for the cladding? 

Hi Dylan we still havent chossen the exact material for the outside, we have it narrowed down, when we choose it I will let you know.



#60 amor de cosmos

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 08:04 AM

http://www.timescolo...posal-1.1076089

http://www.customshouse.ca/

here's another pic I found there

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