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I am still not sure what I think about the aesthetics of this project. It seems like there is a lot going on with the cladding materials in a relatively small space. Perhaps if the brickwork had emphasized the vertical rather than the horizontal I might find it more appealing. That being said, the quality of the materials chosen seems decent.
Regardless of the above, this building should have been 6 floors in height. 4 floors seems under-scaled in terms of accommodating the future population of this area.
Methinks it's pretty good for what it is and for the location. As per usual I think more distinctive windows and an additional level on top (set back a bit, maybe with a slightly higher ceiling) would be an improvement.
...an additional level on top (set back a bit, maybe with a slightly higher ceiling) would be an improvement.
Yes, because it would be terrible if monstrously tall 5-storey buildings actually appeared to be 5-storeys tall.
I just think it looks better when the top level is set back a bit or otherwise distinguished enough to suggest a deliberate completion of the building's design. Adding more stories would = a taller/larger building, no argument, but if those additional levels are exactly the same style as the levels below then you'll still have that unresolved appearance.
... if those additional levels are exactly the same style as the levels below then you'll still have that unresolved appearance.
I suspected the "unresolved appearance" was what you were likely getting at regarding having a top floor setback. I agree that something should be done to finish off or set apart the upper most level of a building. I'd love to see ornate cornices make a comeback, especially on short buildings like Fifteen88.
Ten on the 10th 1 Year Anniversary: Real-estate development Q&A with Mike Miller of Abstract Developments
Developer Mike Miller chats about real-estate development in the Capital City.
Abstract Developments has officially begun construction of Fifteen88, a 62-suite residence set to rise along North Dairy Road near Shelbourne Street.
Re-envisioned North Dairy Rd. proposal responds to Shelbourne Valley Action Plan, gets nod to go to public hearing
62-unit condo will be one of the first adopters of Saanich's urban development guidelines for the Shelbourne Street corridor.