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1221 Blanshard Street
Uses: office, commercial
Address: 1221 Blanshard Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 10
1221 Blanshard Street is a proposal to build a ten-storey office and retail complex on the site of the Capital... (view full profile)
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[Downtown] 1221 Blanshard Street (Capital Six) | Offices and retail | 10-storeys

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#61 BikeLaneLover

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Posted 18 October 2022 - 08:43 PM

I don't understand who decided this was going to be the "grey" district. A showcase of modern architecture in various shades of grey. If it doesn't seem like too much now, then imagine when the brick of the Capitol 6 is gone.

Unfortunately, monochromatic buildings (or permutations of black, grey, and white) are quite in vogue right now. Just look at HP2. I’ll be sad to see the architectural interest of the Capitol 6 glass dome (which was just re-done less than 10 years ago) and it’s immense fig tree disappear. I would have loved to have seen an homage to the original YMCA building and Capitol Theatre which stood there previously in the new building; both were old red brick buildings, with the Y similar to the arched window ‘Nelson’s Music’ Facade off Quadra and Mason, and the Theatre similar to the McPherson Playhouse. Sadly, it seems few are interested in adding much visual interest into the designs of buildings nowadays. The new design really harkens back to the international style of the 1950s, but I don’t personally care for that modernist style much.

#62 Mike K.

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Posted 19 October 2022 - 06:01 AM

Yes, it’s big time international. That’s what the TD tower is on Douglas, yes?

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