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Bowker Collection
Uses: condo, commercial
Address: Bowker Avenue at Cadboro Bay Road
Municipality: Oak Bay
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 4
Condo units: 43 (1BR, 2BR, penthouse)
Sales status: pre-sales
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[Oak Bay] Bowker Collection | Condos, commercial space | 4-storeys | Under construction


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#1 Nparker

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 07:53 AM

Something new (and controversial?) for a "flatiron" corner in Oak Bay: http://www.timescolo...k-bay-1.2270861

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#2 todd

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 09:14 AM

Bit ugly, I also think Abstract's newly completed development on Oak Bay Avenue and Foul Bay is quite ugly(I know they were trying to go for modern) but beauty is in the eye the beholder I guess.


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#3 jklymak

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:17 AM

It'd be interesting. Not sure retail can survive there.

#4 Nparker

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:37 AM

...Not sure retail can survive there.

Agreed. I am not certain that corner ever sees as many people passing by as the rendering above suggests. Might as well give it a go and let the market decide.



#5 Bingo

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 12:54 PM

It'd be interesting. Not sure retail can survive there.

 

No room for parking.



#6 aastra

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 11:24 AM

Really don't care for it. It looks too blocky and heavy and the overall style seems to be too much like the new building on Oak Bay Avenue. What I'd really love to see here is a restoration of the exterior of the old building, opening up those closed over window spaces, etc. and then some new levels rising up that imitate the distinctive flatiron footprint of the old building.

 

Copy and paste the top few floors of that abandoned Northern Junk tower for an idea of what I'm talking about.


Edited by aastra, 05 June 2016 - 11:25 AM.

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#7 aastra

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 11:29 AM

I suppose they've already decided that the existing building isn't worth keeping even as a shell.


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#8 Nparker

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 11:48 AM

I suppose they've already decided that the existing building isn't worth keeping even as a shell.

That is probably true, but I agree it could have provided more of an inspiration. I'd love to see a 6-storey true "flat iron" style design here. Or better yet here: 
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(taller than 6 floors of course; 10-12 would make sense in this location)


Edited by Nparker, 05 June 2016 - 11:49 AM.

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#9 Bingo

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 02:32 PM

Really don't care for it. It looks too blocky and heavy and the overall style seems to be too much like the new building on Oak Bay Avenue.

What I'd really love to see here is a restoration of the exterior of the old building, opening up those closed over window spaces, etc. and then some new levels rising up that imitate the distinctive flatiron footprint of the old building.

 

Copy and paste the top few floors of that abandoned Northern Junk tower for an idea of what I'm talking about.

 

Just stack the old Turner building on top of it.

 

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#10 aastra

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 04:50 PM

Turner Building would look so slick if they clad the exterior in some clean aluminum panels or some such thing. Very Jetsons-ish.



#11 johnk

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 10:11 AM

It'd be interesting. Not sure retail can survive there.

Businesses come and go at that location. Its not pedestrian friendly and Caddy Bay has plenty of vehicle traffic. IMO a bit of a dead corner for retail as its not close to other retail.
I don't much like Abstract's products since Terra Rose.
They seem generic boxes with a bit of lipstick, but I think this is as good a use as this corner is going to get.

#12 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 02:12 PM

This project is approved and the project name is Bowker Collection.  http://www.bowkercollection.com

 

I believe sales will start next month; has anyone seen pricing?


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#13 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 06:08 PM

Mods: can you change the project name to Bowker Collection and status to Approved?

#14 amor de cosmos

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 06:39 PM

That is probably true, but I agree it could have provided more of an inspiration. I'd love to see a 6-storey true "flat iron" style design here. Or better yet here: 

(taller than 6 floors of course; 10-12 would make sense in this location)


oh yes  :D 

http://vibrantvictor...-15#entry186770


Edited by amor de cosmos, 22 December 2016 - 06:40 PM.

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#15 todd

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:20 PM

 

Gorgeous.



#16 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 11:03 AM

The discussion continues next month on the proposal for a building at Bowker Avenue and Cadboro Bay Road.

 

Council put forward questions about the proposed four-storey, mixed-use building at the corner then tasked staff to go back into conversation with the proponent and come back during the Feb. 20 committee meeting.

 

Floor area ratio, lot coverage, frontage and massing appearance continue to be concerns.

 

The design is a ‘V’ with commercial fronting on Cadboro Bay Road and a townhouse look to the residential units on Bowker Avenue.

 

 

http://www.oakbaynew.../411821096.html


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#17 aastra

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 11:40 AM

Waaaay too much brick. Holy cow. Methinks an easy/obvious way to alleviate some of the sheer weight would be to lighten up those balconies. Ditch the impenetrable brick railings and replace them with glass. And how about a splash of colour somewhere? Why so dreary?

 

https://oakbay.civic.../document/19148


Edited by aastra, 30 January 2017 - 11:44 AM.

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#18 aastra

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 11:47 AM

Distinguish the ground floor residential units. Clad them in something different. There's just way too much brick. It looks bleak.



#19 Nparker

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 11:51 AM

The design should be wedge-shaped to reflect the site. The squared-off end is a very poor choice.



#20 aastra

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 11:56 AM

Yeah, ideally it would match the existing building in that regard.


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