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Tapestry
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 701 Belleville Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 15
Tapestry is a 15-storey, 173-unit mixed-use seniors rental and condominium residence with ground floor commerc... (view full profile)
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[James Bay] Tapestry / 701 Belleville Street | Seniors condos and rentals; commercial | 15- & 4-storeys | Approved


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#181 zoomer

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:08 AM

I don’t mind the new proposal, it certainly appears to have way better street level interaction potential than the art gallery proposal. That was a total glass box! A cold wall of glass. In winter and especially summer I’d be happy hanging out on that corner cafe than standing outside a glass box that I’d have to pay to enter once every few years for an art exhibit. That said we do need a decent gallery downtown. That previous proposal was never it.
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#182 aastra

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 12:10 PM

Concert's building seems to address the fundamentals much more successfully, I agree with you. Methinks the ideal project for this site would combine this version's solid fundamentals with some of the original concept's oomph and flair.


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#183 Bingo

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 12:40 PM

173-units of seniors rentals and condos to rise at Douglas and Belleville streets

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#184 Nparker

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:00 PM

...Methinks the ideal project for this site would combine this version's solid fundamentals with some of the original concept's oomph and flair.

There's no reason to believe the "art gallery version" couldn't have been slightly modified to include more ground-level interaction, including a cafe or such. Instead, we get this version that was apparently modeled with LEGO blocks.



#185 jonny

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:21 PM

Saying a building is "just a box" is pretty lazy analysis, IMO. That describes 99% of buildings.

The Tapestry renderings we have seen look pretty good. As with most buildings, this will either be just OK or really good depending upon detail and finishings. I agree that the street level interaction in this design is excellent.

#186 Mike K.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:36 PM

Concert has not built a single building in Victoria that has disappointed. Their buildings may not be odes to architecture like the buildings James Cheng designs, but they serve their purpose and they serve it well.

 

Speaking of Cheng's buildings, all three in Victoria (Parc Residences, Shutters and The Falls) have had ongoing issues and even lawsuits thrown about. I can't even recall if any of the three project's water features operate any longer or what their repair status is. I recently saw Shutters undergoing some form of remediation and the Falls had notable issues for years, and perhaps still does. I guess where I'm going with this is there is something to be said about simplicity.


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#187 Nparker

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 04:21 PM

...I guess where I'm going with this is there is something to be said about simplicity.

Yeah, it's safe and it's boring. I think that might actually be part of the official CoV motto: Tutum Nisi Odiosis.



#188 aastra

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 06:57 PM

Concert's buildings have been great for Victoria. I hope they keep them coming. I just wish their towers were a bit more distinctive.


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#189 jonny

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 07:16 PM

Look, builders construct buildings that building owners want to own and maintain. More complicated designs can result in challenging floor plates and more maintenance.

#190 jonny

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 07:18 PM

Yeah, it's safe and it's boring. I think that might actually be part of the official CoV motto: Tutum Nisi Odiosis.


It's kind of funny that you live in a very short, safe and boring building.

#191 Nparker

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 08:46 PM

It's kind of funny that you live in a very short, safe and boring building.

In the context of 4-storey, wood-frame condos, built in the early 1990s, Park Place is anything but safe and boring. This fact was driven home when we faced leaky condo remediation back in the early 2000s. We don't have 4 outside walls, we have about 44 outside walls, only about 8 of which culminate in 90-degree angles.  :wacko:

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If my budget ever allows for it, I'd love to live in the CoV's most avant-garde, high-rise, residential tower; as soon as it is designed and built of course.



#192 Bingo

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 08:57 PM

Boy it sure looks dated...too much green space...needs a couple more stories and a rooftop garden.


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#193 jonny

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:33 AM

Where's the water feature? Why's it so short?



#194 Rob Randall

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 02:19 PM

Photobucket ended free file hosting so I will repost some old pictures of the cancelled James Cheng concepts from around 2008:

 

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#195 Nparker

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 02:37 PM

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#196 Rob Randall

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 02:46 PM

Some really interesting designs in there. If you had found the current Tapestry model mixed in with the Cheng models you would have said, "how did that thing get in there?"


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#197 Nparker

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 03:55 PM

For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.

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#198 LoneAxiom

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 08:14 AM

It’s nice to finally see this project moving forward. No more eyesore of a dilpidated Crystal Court Motel!!
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#199 Gary H

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 04:53 PM

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#200 AllseeingEye

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 05:16 PM

In the context of 4-storey, wood-frame condos, built in the early 1990s, Park Place is anything but safe and boring. This fact was driven home when we faced leaky condo remediation back in the early 2000s. We don't have 4 outside walls, we have about 44 outside walls, only about 8 of which culminate in 90-degree angles.  :wacko:

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If my budget ever allows for it, I'd love to live in the CoV's most avant-garde, high-rise, residential tower; as soon as it is designed and built of course.

My cousin and I lived in the end unit on the eastern corner of that building, which he owned, to about 1992; I can tell you this since we lived through a minor shaker in about 1991-ish: that building won't do very well in anything resembling a major earthquake. The minor tumbler we experienced resulted in a major crack from the foundation all the way up to the third level in that unit. Sure was an interesting neighborhood though. The street-level entertainment was pure gold.... :)



 



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