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  1. bengaijin

    Toronto | Ontario Court of Justice Toronto | 96m | 17s | Infrastructure Ontar | Renzo Piano

    I wouldn't worry too much about WZMH. It looks like the RFP hasn't closed, and as per the IO site, there are two bid teams, and each has a big international player: Plenary Justice: Architects : WZMH Architects, Perkins Eastman, and CGL Ricci Greene Ellis Don Infrastructure: Architects: NORR...
  2. bengaijin

    Toronto | Sheridan College, Hazel McCallion Campus | ?m | 5s | Sheridan College | Moriyama & Teshima

    This thread needs a little update - this building (Phase 2) is designed by Moriyama and Teshima Architects/Montgomery Sisam Architects in joint venture. RDH did Phase 1. Also it is planned to be 29m tall.
  3. bengaijin

    New UrbanToronto Development Map

    I've only taken a quick look at it thus far and have no specific comments, but I just wanted to say that this is a truly excellent addition to the site. It really helps to give a sense of where the development hot spots are, and for people to get a clear view of what's happening in their own...
  4. bengaijin

    Totem Condos | 64m | 18s | Worsley Urban | RAW Design COMPLETE

    Not even close to the renders. Too bad. Those renders looked like they could have led to an exciting building - not that the application version is a write-off. What's odd is that the city application and the renders posted on the website were posted in the same week. Which supersedes which?
  5. bengaijin

    Toronto | Residences of 488 University Avenue, The | 206.95m | 55s | Amexon | Core Architects

    Sorry, where is this comment? Do mean the one where they said that they would redesign it to make it 'look less like the four seasons'? I believe them, but I'm still shocked that they would feel comfortable putting forward a design that they clearly spent some time on (3d models don't build...
  6. bengaijin

    Toronto | Residences of 488 University Avenue, The | 206.95m | 55s | Amexon | Core Architects

    I also think that it is a deep shame that they would completely eliminate the current precast cladding, which I think is both handsome and representative of a distinct era of modern architectural history. Do something to improve the base, sure, but does it really mean that you also have to strip...
  7. bengaijin

    Toronto | Residences of 488 University Avenue, The | 206.95m | 55s | Amexon | Core Architects

    The whole thing is a carbon copy of the Four Seasons! I thought there was an image mix-up at first.
  8. bengaijin

    Toronto | Selby, The | 166m | 50s | Tricon Capital | bKL Architecture

    I'm pretty keen on the design, too. Strong, modern lines; a bit of mass, colour, and pattern; a dramatic cantilever, no apologetic podium. It seems appropriately restrained in its selection of design 'moves', unlike many other large buildings underway (Aura, the Yorkville, the new thing above...
  9. bengaijin

    Toronto | 50 Bloor Street West | 230m | 70s | Morguard Corporation | Pellow + Associates

    Caltrane - I'm a little confused by your post. Where is all of that information from?
  10. bengaijin

    88 Scott Street | 203.90m | 58s | Concert | P + S / IBI COMPLETE

    It seems the small, positive, programmatic changes made (more office/retail, changed vehicular entrance strategy) are completely unrelated to the big, gestural, and totally negative changes made. Change the crown, amplify the boxiness of the glazed boxes, and voila, you have transformed a...
  11. bengaijin

    Toronto | Minto Westside | 68.88m | 20s | Minto Group | Wallman Architects

    Gristle - I think you were one of the strong opponents of the earlier version of this building. What do you think of the new version? It seems to be a much more sophisticated and exciting design, but does it do much to address the height/massing concerns of the neighbourhood?
  12. bengaijin

    Toronto | St. Lawrence Condos at 158 Front | 91.44m | 26s | Cityzen | architectsAlliance

    I've got to say, I think this is one of the more interesting condos under review right now in Toronto. I think it represents a nice development forward for aA, taking off from the bases of the Distillery and Market Wharf condos in terms of solidity, rhythm, etc. A nice move away from the pure...
  13. bengaijin

    Aura at College Park | 272m | 78s | Canderel | Graziani + Corazza COMPLETE

    No, certainly not. The new RBC Dexia building down near roy thomson hall and the new four seasons up on bay both have beautiful and very minimalist glass facades, as does the new Rotman expansion on U of T's campus. But Aura's glass doesn't really look like these either, does it? I have a hard...
  14. bengaijin

    Aura at College Park | 272m | 78s | Canderel | Graziani + Corazza COMPLETE

    Here are a couple of relatively simple but much more interesting applications of glass here in Toronto: Here you see a bit of play with proportion, transparency, variability - and this is all in surfaces that are just as flat/planar as Aura's.
  15. bengaijin

    Aura at College Park | 272m | 78s | Canderel | Graziani + Corazza COMPLETE

    Save me a seat by the fire at the not-feeling-it camp. I think the cladding looks like it divides inside from outside and that's about all there is to say about it. The glass may be high-quality, but I think urbandreamer is right that there appears to be little artistry in its application. At...
  16. bengaijin

    Toronto | Origami Lofts Condos | 23m | 7s | Symmetry | Teeple Architects

    I like it, in all its machismo, and I think the play of the pure glass box and the 'wild' wrapper (more armor than dress) reads very clearly. Teeple brings a 'badass' quality to Toronto architecture that I appreciate. Don't soften it - we have plenty of firms who are great at doing more gentle...
  17. bengaijin

    St Regis Toronto Hotel and Residences | 282m | 58s | JFC Capital | Zeidler COMPLETE

    I would invite everybody whose hackles have been raised by 88 Scott to redirect their ire here. I think this is the worst piece of faux-historicist schlock built downtown in recent years (except maybe RoCP), and is a better lightning rod for almost all of the complaints thrown out on the other...
  18. bengaijin

    88 Scott Street | 203.90m | 58s | Concert | P + S / IBI COMPLETE

    +1 to everything Ramako just said. Well put.
  19. bengaijin

    88 Scott Street | 203.90m | 58s | Concert | P + S / IBI COMPLETE

    Man, I go away for five days, come back, and this whole thing is still going on? Can't we all just agree that Urban Shocker and friends are smarter, more tasteful, and generally superior people to those of us who like this building? The strange thing is that I don't even particularly like...

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