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#81 AllseeingEye

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:19 PM

/\......that all may be true but right now I'd give my right *** for a millennial audiophile: I'm two weeks in with our new so-called smart Samsung flat screen and I still can't figure out how to get it to display true HD on the channels that broadcast in that medium. No surprise since "in MY day" you plugged the new TV into the wall socket and ran a (single) cable to the back of the unit. Presto: you then had "TV". Now you need a Princeton physics major to figure them out.....

 

-> And no nothing regarding this post has anything remotely to do with the Speed Avenue proposal. NParker feel free to give this the royal "OFF TOPIC" stamp......


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#82 Mike K.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:15 PM

Did you pay for the HD package?
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#83 Nparker

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:16 PM

...-> And no nothing regarding this post has anything remotely to do with the Speed Avenue proposal. NParker feel free to give this the royal "OFF TOPIC" stamp......

 

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#84 jonny

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:07 AM

I think I like it. At least, I don't find it offensive and I think it's interesting. 

 

About the only aspects I really don't like is that it's a widescraper and it's too monotonous. I'd love if something was done to break up the look and feel of the tower portion. 

 

But, the widescraper aspect is mitigated by:

- Location

- Ground floor looks decent from the few renderings we have seen

- Colours are decent

- The roof has a bit of pizzazz

- It doesn't look cheap, unlike say VT which is the GMC Tracker of apartment buildings (i.e. an ugly, piece of junk)



#85 Nparker

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:15 AM

...About the only aspects I really don't like is that it's a widescraper and it's too monotonous. I'd love if something was done to break up the look and feel of the tower portion...

Agreed. Would it be exceptionally cost prohibitive to somehow offset the tower portion and visually reduce its width? I can't help but feel there has to be a way to maximize the density of the site that results in something other than a widescraper.



#86 jonny

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:30 AM

Yello on Yates does a good job of being a widescraper without being imposing. That little 2 or 3 floor height variation it has between the Yates and View sides combined with that slight east/west offset make a big difference. 


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#87 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:40 AM

I think I like it. At least, I don't find it offensive and I think it's interesting. 

 

About the only aspects I really don't like is that it's a widescraper and it's too monotonous. I'd love if something was done to break up the look and feel of the tower portion. 

 

But, the widescraper aspect is mitigated by:

- Location

- Ground floor looks decent from the few renderings we have seen

- Colours are decent

- The roof has a bit of pizzazz

- It doesn't look cheap, unlike say VT which is the GMC Tracker of apartment buildings (i.e. an ugly, piece of junk)

 

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#88 jonny

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:42 AM

^ Yuck!



#89 Nparker

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:48 AM

Yello on Yates does a good job of being a widescraper without being imposing. That little 2 or 3 floor height variation it has between the Yates and View sides combined with that slight east/west offset make a big difference. 

It helped at Yello for sure, especially considering the limitations of a relatively narrow site. Since the Speed/Frances project has a larger lot to work with, I think with some creative manoeuvring, a less hulking structure can be achieved.



#90 PPPdev

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 01:50 PM

It's called there 7th storey reveal



#91 Nparker

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 01:58 PM

It's called there 7th storey reveal

While that acts as a minor break in the facade, it doesn't do anything to detract from the width of the tower. If anything, it emphasizes the horizontal. I'd love to see a design element that attempted to draw one's eye up-and-down rather than side-to-side.



#92 Robb

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 02:58 PM

Is it common to add huge fake trees to renderings?

 

Is this an attempt to make the building look smaller than it is?

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#93 Jackerbie

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 12:26 PM

The application is in and the drawing package is live on the Dev Tracker: https://tender.victo...Number=DPV00115


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#94 Robb

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 03:37 PM

Thanks for the link Jackerbie.

 

hmm... I don't like the round windows on the west facade.

 

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#95 GaryOak

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 04:02 PM

Im just happy that they are building tall in this neighborhood.
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#96 Nparker

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 04:28 PM

... I don't like the round windows on the west facade.

It's the one element that makes any effort to draw the eye up-and-down. It's vital.

I'm just happy that they are building tall in this neighborhood.

They're also building wide. V-E-R-Y W-I-D-E.



#97 Brantastic

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 05:20 PM

I'm not so fond of this one. Wide, chunky, cluttered, colourless. And yeah, looks like a cheese grater as someone said before. I'm very happy to see higher density along the corridor but the more I look at it the less I like it.



#98 Casual Kev

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 11:47 AM

It should look more interesting when surrounded by other taller buildings, but I do agree with the "cheese grater" observation. Hopefully a step forward for more densification.



#99 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 11:50 AM

i like those round windows.
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#100 Jackerbie

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 01:01 PM

No building is more of a cheese grater than the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, not even London's Leadenhall "Cheese Grater" Building.



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