1515 Douglas Street is a six-storey, 111,428 square foot office complex with ground floor retail space at the intersection of Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue in downtown Victoria.
The building was developed in conjunction with 750 Pandora Avenue, a 13-storey, 189,081 square foot office tower situated immediately to the east.
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10,451 square feet of ground floor commercial space fronts onto Douglas Street, Cormorant Street and Pandora Avenue.
If it's used for office space (cubicles) it sounds like it is not connected to the parkade. But it's a terrible place for an office. The original use must have had a public face. It resembles a kiosk.
Lots of buildings of this era had public space but this courtyard is so large relative to the building itself. It must have had a specific use in mind.
My hunch is that it was supposed to be a European-style outdoor cafe. Rotherham is an English name but the old article aastra posted says the project was originally financed by West German money. A primitive attempt at introducing Victoria to European cafe culture?
Actually, the lower floor of the building is kinda weird. The parkade runs through the middle, so to go from one side of the building to the other without going outside, it meant exiting to the parkade, crossing the parkade, and going in the opposite door.
It's a good size office, long and narrow, with a maze of cubicles and that weird extension at the end.
A narrow lane belonging to the same extended family as Millie's Lane beside Era or the carriageway behind the Hudson would be just what the doctor ordered here. Take advantage of the sunken plaza's changes in elevation to develop some unexpected personality.
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