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  1. Vanalla

    Toronto | The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    Yellow in particular - think about when you wear a pair of reflective-tinted yellow sunglasses. The world outside tends to appear... greener. If you've ever been in an office at 200 Bay (RBC) then you'll understand why developers don't do this. Tenants are not attracted to looking out their...
  2. Vanalla

    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    Let's also acknowledge that this building is chasing LEED Platinum certification, and as such the office lights will be kept to timers and sensors with minimal lighting kept on 24/7. Also, construction lights are rarely diffused/covered in any way, and are far harsher than office lights. We'll...
  3. Vanalla

    Toronto | KING Toronto | 57.6m | 16s | Westbank | Bjarke Ingels Group

    I just realized that one of the 3D modelers at BIG must play Grand Theft Auto V: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Ponsonbys
  4. Vanalla

    Toronto | 1 Yorkville | 183.18m | 58s | Bazis | Rosario Varacalli

    I'm going to guess the holy grail of disengaged street level: blocked out windows of a Shoppers, blocked out windows of a dispensary, blocked out windows of an LCBO....
  5. Vanalla

    Toronto | 65 King Street East | 82.9m | 18s | Carttera | WZMH

    In due time that'll be a lovely, landscaped terrace where young 20-somethings plot new ways to harvest our data...
  6. Vanalla

    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    How odd might it be to be time-travelled to Toronto from that period and hear someone give directions to a restaurant "South of Front St."
  7. Vanalla

    Toronto | The HUB | 257.85m | 57s | Oxford Properties | Rogers Stirk Harbour

    While that's a fair point, I don't think it's beneficial to the future streetscape of the city (especially a neighbourhood like Southcore that needs public realm activation moreso than others) to dismiss it for not being Yonge and Bloor. Why can't we have more Yonge and Bloor in Toronto?
  8. Vanalla

    Toronto | Pinnacle One Yonge | 312.5m | 95s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    What gets me is the bare wall - there are knock-down areas of that wall that will permit access between the different phases, yes?
  9. Vanalla

    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    If there's anything the uber-wealthy will appreciate about this address, it will be a discreet (and discrete) entrance to the lobby. Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers had the elevator to his office ready and waiting for him when he arrived, and it went straight up without stopping. The rich don't...
  10. Vanalla

    Toronto | 100 Queens Quay at Sugar Wharf | 117.34m | 25s | Menkes | B+H

    This tower standing in the midst of the rest of Toronto's condos is what happens when you have that one friend who is really good at wrapping Christmas presents.
  11. Vanalla

    Toronto | Taylor, The | 121m | 36s | Tricon | Diamond Schmitt

    I'm not an expert, but I'd assume there are building code implications on housing underground fuel storage tanks directly underneath a high rise building. A solution totally exists, but land is just not in demand that much in Toronto yet.
  12. Vanalla

    Toronto | 100 Queens Quay at Sugar Wharf | 117.34m | 25s | Menkes | B+H

    Shall we call this Canada's own Mighty Black Stump?
  13. Vanalla

    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    It actually inverts for the crown - check out the reflections on the crown triangle versus the adjacent ones, they reflect light at the same angle. The uppermost level of the building's floorplate will actually resemble a 4-pointed star rather than a rectangle. I agree with you, I think keeping...
  14. Vanalla

    Toronto | 1 Yorkville | 183.18m | 58s | Bazis | Rosario Varacalli

    Would be interesting to see some creeping vines (Well-maintained of course, as to not engulf the resident's windows) planted at the base of each of the crimping fins. I'm terrible at landscape design though.
  15. Vanalla

    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    On a tower like this with an efficient central core design, that is highly unlikely. Hines/IC will build to base building condition, and the workplace designers will feel the crunch in figuring out specific office layouts.
  16. Vanalla

    Toronto | Aquabella at Bayside | 51m | 14s | Tridel | 3XN

    These ones aren't the worst I've seen. If you want to see straight-up criminally misleading furniture shrinkage, check out the marketing docs for the King Highline. When the sales rep showed them to me it took everything in me to not go full Zoolander on her and say "What is this, a bedroom for...
  17. Vanalla

    Toronto | The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    A potential gain we have here though, is that Shopify, Spaces, and other tech tenants that are occupying the Well tend to animate their window areas with bright design, interior offices, and innovative choices that should make this flat wall seem a bit more alive from the inside.
  18. Vanalla

    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    On topic, where is the line drawn on below-grade work? I'm assuming the rebar for the supercassions is exempt from it?
  19. Vanalla

    Toronto | PJ Condos | 156.96m | 48s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    Agreed. This in particular: almost seems like someone misread the plans and built the archway one column over from where it should have been, and filled in the gaps that were left behind. It's very McMansion-ey in execution - seemingly important structural elements (columns) that have no actual...

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