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Who plopped the Indigo 12W building on top of a four story above grade parking garage? This is an intriguing project but I'm not convinced it does a good job of interacting with the site. Is there pedestrian access from the Burnside bridge? Seems like an obvious move. I don't know what kind of retail would survive there, as it is a very difficult site to access because of heavy traffic merging onto the bridge and has a significant grade change. For a site that is already isolated (but still noisy and congested), it doesn't make sense to have a 20 story apartment tower floating above a lifeless parking garage and empty retail. This will be a welcomed addition to the east side and its great to finally see that site be developed but I have to say that I am a little disappointed in Skylab's design. It's becoming pretty predictable: make it black, with arbitrary angles and employ the use of 1970's geometries. Somehow the skill that Skylab has at creating intimate, bold environments just doesn't translate to a scale this large.


Other than sticking out like a sore thumb, the project location is a great place for a tower. I feel like there was a proposal about 6 years ago (I know there was) . . . I do "appreciate" the angle of the tower that approximates Meis Van Der Rohe's Concept for a Skyscraper - just Google it, it's uncanny.

Good luck with all that.

Eva Tho

Skylab has a system/ method that is better than 90% of what usually gets built. So the criticism should be framed around this fact. Apartment buildings typologies tend to be repetitive because many solutions were worked out on the previous design. So I can appreciate the design from business model. Mies' Lafayette Towers in Detroit vs Lake Shore Drive in Chicago have similar but different attributes. The details will provide clarity. But geez overall it looks like a very good building.

Willy Charles

From what we see here, this is a graceless chunk of for-profit real estate. It has no elegance or subtlety.
It will be a highly prominent blight on the skyline for decades. Fancy renderings can be made to make anything look dramatic, but this will just become a lifeless lump in the center of our city. This represents very disappointing judgement by the City Design Commission.

John McIsaac

Fantastic! I'd hardly call it "graceless." I'd call it striking, even beautiful, and anything but ordinary. Architecture needs to move forward, not blend in for the sake of sameness. That part of town sorely needs modernism.

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