550 Pandora Avenue is a proposal to redevelopment a single storey commercial building into a five-storey mixed-use rental and retail complex in Victoria's Chinatown district.
The unit count is approximate.
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...if an earthquake knocks down the old buildings on either side but leaves the new building, would anyone care? Would it be any consolation to anyone?
Anyone other than the people who happened to be inside it at the time, I mean.
Is the objective to make it as inconsistent with the old town atmosphere as possible?
The most inconsistent thing in the rendering is the suggestion that someone ever attached one of the green u-bikes to an actual bike rack. ;)
Maybe if the brick portion aligned with the adjacent buildings it might help. I'm not sure.
Dude, it's the same extended family. Same extended family as the (now modified and converted to residential) office building on the other side of Pandora and a few others. Does somebody push for this esthetic on modern buildings? If so, it's been going on for a few decades now.
I've ranted about this supposedly sensitive modern esthetic before. I give myself a point for mentioning windows in the comment below, because it's actually what comes to mind when I see the rendering above. The windows on the old building beside it have all kinds of personality. The windows on the new building are blah.
...do an interesting job of it. Don't just slap swaths of plain brick cladding on a box. Give it some vitality. Use different types and colours, maybe even (gasp) painted brick. And give some serious attention to the overall lines, the windows, the window frames, the balconies, etc. etc.
The ground floor (on the modern building at Yates and Broad) gets some of the fundamentals right. But I'm still inclined to lump it together with some other 1970s/1980s buildings that I generally don't like: Harbour Square, the Salvation Army, the office building on Pandora recently converted to apartments, the Capitol 6, the Waddington/940 Blanshard complex, and some others.
- these buildings tend to be almost comically overdone with one-note brick coverage (as if somebody had been searching for one attribute -- heck, one word: "brick" -- to summarize the entirety of Victoria's architectural inventory up to that point),
- the lines put too much emphasis on the horizontal rather than the vertical,
- the overall effect = squat, blunt, and bland instead of narrow, fine, and detailed
- the minimal details and one-note brick coverage tend to make for a very heavy & overwhelming effect
Yes, the brick was merely a means to an end. The material used to create that interplay of shapes. The most efficient way of manifesting the form and massing envisaged by the architect.
It's the difference between swimsuit model and a bolt of fabric. It's not the material alone that makes it attractive.
Mixed-use residential and retail complex to replace Mo:Lé Restaurant, Habit Coffee digs on Pandora Avenue
A vision for an upcoming replacement of a single-storey commercial complex in downtown Victoria's Chinatown district has been revealed.
A single-storey commercial building along the 500-block of Pandora Avenue could be replaced to make way for a lowrise residential and retail project.