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This thing has been micromanaged into Pablum.
The reason council OK'd rezoning for 23 storeys was the original bold and dymanic design. A skyline standout. No way it would have been approved if this was the initial submission.
There's no justification for the height now. It's height for height's sake.
Deleted open frame work at roof level.
I mean, do they not understand that those frames are a recurring design element with the new buildings on the Hudson's back lot? Stripping the frames from building #3 seems utterly arbitrary. Stripping them from the top seems like cutting the building's head off.
"What are those frame things? Why are they there? Get rid of them! We don't want architectural design. We want watered-down generic stuff that people can complain about for decades to come."
Considering that HP2's facade is going to be more prominent that HP1 - it has a more significant street frontage - its design should be stepped-up, not stepped-down.
The downtown tower has officially eclipsed Vic West's Promontory and James Bay's Orchard House condominiums as it pushes towards 85 meters.