Parkway is a proposal to restore the two-storey Wellburn's Market building at the intersection of Cook Street and Pandora Avenue and to construct a low-rise new-build residential building on the market's adjacent parking lot along Cook Street.
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I'm still not sure why we would want to introduce such a cold & plain institutional look to that village streetscape.
Yes, it doesn't look like much though was given to the north facade. I sometimes wonder if these Vancouver architects actually do site visits before sketching up a plan.
Or do they get advice that this is what the CoV wants?
I can imagine somebody advising that it needs to be drab, so as to respect the Wellburn's building and not compete with it, yadda yadda yadda. Many Victorians don't seem to get it, that this approach actually diminishes the things that you're supposedly trying to celebrate and emphasize. (not to mention the "can't see the forest for the trees" aspect re: overlooking how every element has a right to exist and makes a contribution to the streetscape/neighbourhood as a whole...)
I didn't notice before, but this architect (Michael Green Architecture) is also doing the Scott building, and he's working with Google's Sidewalk Labs in Toronto on their redevelopment.
I didn't notice before, but this architect (Michael Green Architecture) is also doing the Scott Building...
An equally drab addition to a heritage building.
The 37,000 square foot full-service grocery store will be the chain's eighth in the Capital Region.
Save-On-Foods, 600 upcoming residences set new course for North Park's and Harris Green's Pandora Avenue
Downtown Victoria's Pandora Avenue corridor is slated for big changes as developers focus in along the under-developed thoroughfare.
Rental apartments and modern commercial space will replace the aging Caption Building and its adjacent surface parking lot.