The Apex Site property on Douglas Street at Humboldt Street in downtown Victoria, also known as the 'Budget Lot,' will be redeveloped into a mixed-use highrise project known as TELUS Ocean, an innovation and employment hub for 250 TELUS employees.
The City of Victoria-owned Apex Site property was the subject of an early 2017 bidding process between six proponents. The City of Victoria opted to proceed with a development planning process and a land sale that ultimately saw partners Aryze Developments and TELUS co-operate on the TELUS Ocean concept.
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Jack Diamond has practiced architecture since 1968 Previous work includes the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Southbrook Winery in Niagara, Ontario, and the Life Sciences Complex at McGill University in Montreal. A current project, Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences opens in Texas in 2020.
He is a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medalist and an Honourary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is a member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
I think this would be Diamond's first Victoria project but he is very familiar with this city. His anti-sprawl endorsement of urban densification bought him a big fan in the form of Pam Madoff. Diamond has lectured and written about several Victoria topics including the harbour, CRD, urban sprawl and building density around transit hubs.
The sketch looks very much like the prow of a boat
None of the sales job on that website was terribly enlightening, and this sketch leaves a lot to the imagination.
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