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1400 Vancouver Street
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 1400 Vancouver Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 15
1400 Vancouver Street is a proposal to build a 15-storey, residential tower along the 900-block of Johnson Str... (view full profile)
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[Harris Green] 1400 Vancouver Street | Residential; retail | 15-storeys | Approved


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#81 aastra

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 11:48 AM

That's interesting. So I'm still not clear what the roof's original colour was? Was it red?

 

Those illustrations suggest that they want to do something good, maybe better than I'd expect on this site (similar to how they're going above and beyond across the street). I'm happy about that. But I'm thinking the seafoam spandrel taints the whole thing. What if those bands were some slick metallic silver or bronze tone? And if the roof of the chapel was made to match?

 

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#82 Nparker

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 12:36 PM

Something like that Travelodge building would make an interesting replacement for the old Shoppers Drug Mart on Douglas Street, especially if it involved the (vacant?) bank building at Douglas & Yates.



#83 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 06:49 AM

Did anyone catch the reception by CoTW? I've been on the road and unable to follow along as much as I would have liked.


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#84 Jackerbie

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 02:01 PM

Revised plans were submitted back in June. Looks basically the same: https://tender.victo...015110808629471

 

There are a lot of context renderings in the last few submissions which haven't been shared here yet. Here are a couple of them:

 

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#85 Nparker

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 02:16 PM

I still don't really "get" the Johnson Street frontage. Maybe it will look better in real life.



#86 Jackerbie

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 09:03 AM

This one is off to a Public Hearing, date to be confirmed


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#87 aastra

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 11:49 AM

Disappointed that "light green spandrel" is still so prevalent as indicated in that June 4 revision doc.

 

Methinks the spandrel glass issue calls into question the fundamental validity of advisory design panels. In cities far and wide, I mean. How can the same green or grey spandrel be universally acceptable in abundance on all types of buildings in all types of districts in myriad different cities? Why do the review processes in so many places either overlook it or (dare I say it) encourage it?


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#88 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:01 PM

ADP prevents developers from putting up bland painted concrete cubes. But often they seem to armchair quarterback an architect's design. If the architect's design is lame it can help--we have witnessed projects that have turned out better after ADP had a kick at the can. But sometimes it can be like a movie studio executive micro-managing the work of a great director. 

 

The overall design is quite interesting but when you are drawing inspiration from Di Castri--one of the west coast's most distinguished modernists it's an easy job.


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#89 Nparker

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:17 PM

...The overall design is quite interesting but when you are drawing inspiration from Di Castri--one of the west coast's most distinguished modernists it's an easy job.

You would think then that the ADP would demand the aesthetics on this project be outstanding not average.



#90 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:41 PM

I like those "A" things.


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#91 Nparker

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:50 PM

I like those "A" things.

To me they look like "A" is for adobe (and I don't mean the software company).

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They just don't seem Mid-Century Modern in inspiration to me.



#92 aastra

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:03 PM

I've come around to appreciating those unconventional and/or goofy aspects. This project isn't standard-issue. Which is all the more reason to swap out that standard-issue light green spandrel for something else.


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#93 aastra

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:09 PM

Re: this pic from earlier in the thread, how can you not love the clash of styles? That's awesome. I wouldn't have wanted that chapel closer to the heart of downtown, but at Johnson and Vancouver it really worked.

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#94 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:09 PM

They just don't seem Mid-Century Modern in inspiration to me.

 

You have to remember that DiCastri studied under Bruce Goff who was associated with Frank Lloyd Wright. It's definitely not the sparse, rectilinear style of modernism.


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#95 Nparker

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:15 PM

I think I just really hate those cluster of windows on the second level. Who knows, maybe they will look better in execution than in the renderings. 989 surpassed my expectations.



#96 shoeflack

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 03:00 PM

Public hearing for this project has been set for September 19.


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#97 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 12:46 PM

Was this approved at the public hearing?  



#98 shoeflack

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 01:14 PM

Was this approved at the public hearing?


Easily passed. Even Ben Isitt supported. Lots of praise for the design and for the potential CMHC partnership.
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#99 IPH

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 02:19 PM

The praise about the potential for a CMHC partnership on this project even mentioned what a success 200 Cook Street was in providing affordable housing.  Makes me think no one on council saw the posts on the 200 Cook Street page about a 3 bedroom at 10% below market being $3850/month!


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#100 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 02:57 PM

Fencing is up around the entire site now so I imagine that construction could be underway soon...
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