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301 Queen Street East 
301-317 Queen Street East, Toronto
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301 Queen Street East | ?m | 25s | Quadrangle

Discussion in 'Buildings' started by AlbertC, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. AlbertC

    AlbertC Senior Member

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    http://www.rawdesign.ca/#window/312

     
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    I just got married at the Berkeley Field House last summer. I didn't expect to see it go so soon. It's a surprisingly charming event space. Taddle Creek runs right through the garden.
     
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    n/v mind - here's the render

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  4. Ramako

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    Pretty cool design if you ask me. Looks a bit like the Ryerson Student Centre on Valium.
     
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    The ground/retail level suffers from the "neutered" look that many projects in Toronto suffer from, but otherwise it's nice to see something different like this. Good massing is everything!
     
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    Yup, the ground floor does seem a little disjointed given the unique look of the tower. Why not have the texture and materials of the tower carry down to the ground level retail façade?
     
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    Why does all retail in Toronto have to consist of just flat glass? Is there some kind of weird regulation I don't know about? Why not just continue the same attractive design, right down to the sidewalk? I find the ubiquitous, retail wall of glass, disappointing. Almost every new development is giving us this same, sterile, generic design. Why not give us a little texture, colour and some creative alternatives? It's so frustrating.
     
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    I think there actually is a regulation that retail spaces have to have a certain percentage of their frontage be glazing. But I don't know if that only applies to Avenues, nor can I recall what the percentage is. Not so much that it has to be a wall, at any rate, I'm sure. It would be nice to extend some of those piers downwards. Other than that, this is a very interesting and promising proposal. I'm glad that we're seeing so many interesting mid-rises, at least, to help offset some of our bland high-rises.
     
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    Wow, this is cooool. And yes, mid-rise produces the most interesting architecture in Toronto.
     
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    I dig it. Could jazz up the surrounding area, maybe kick-start a badly-needed renaissance.
     
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    Interesting! I'm all for it...interesting design, plus it may help revive the area. Any development on Queen East between Church and Parliament is a good and much needed thing.
     
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    Oh yes, I agree, Toronto needs all the mid-rises it can get, not only downtown but especially in the strip mall suburbs.
     
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    I'd love for midrises to start making up a significant portion of the condo market, it takes 6 or 7 midrises to equal the amount of units in a building like 10 york. If you want Toronto to really change in feel over the next decade, midrises are the way to go.
     
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    I'm loving the new mid-rise boom with beautiful & interesting architecture.

    I have nothing against high-rise, but generally the mid-rise proposals recently seem much more interesting architecturally, it's not just glass balconies around a glass box.

    B-Street, Nest @ St Clair West, DuKe in the Junction, SQ condos, all look amazing. I wish we had more proposals like those around Yonge & Eg.
     
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    Yes! Although perhaps change the yellow to brick or corten or a colour that matches the church brick?
     
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