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Corus Quay (East Bayfront Dockside, TEDCO, 7s, D+S) COMPLETE

egotrippin

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Could end up being a blessing in disguise. They'll be forced to replace it all and, hopefully, with something of visual interest. 1990-2020 has been an incredibly soul sucking experience from an architectural POV. The last few years we've witnessed that obsession with all glass everything weaken. We could see many of these buildings re-clad with actual walls.

Stone, metal, colour, texture, solidity? Yes, please!
It's definitely encouraging to see proposals with more varied facades these days, indeed the obsession with all-glass envelopes might be waning; likely helped by environmental concerns. I also recall years back Toronto talking about mandating a maximum % of the facade that can be clad with glass, but I'm not sure if that ever went into effect.
 

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Why would they be "forced to replace it all"?
Forced due to failure of the glass, presumably. I suppose it's possible they can just replace failed units as it happens, but if failures happen on a larger scale, re-cladding might become necessary. It might be favourable when looked at from an environmental standpoint too, as all glass buildings consume more energy, and if/when it comes time to re-clad a building, owners might rethink an all-glass envelope.
 

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It's definitely encouraging to see proposals with more varied facades these days, indeed the obsession with all-glass envelopes might be waning; likely helped by environmental concerns. I also recall years back Toronto talking about mandating a maximum % of the facade that can be clad with glass, but I'm not sure if that ever went into effect.
If using window wall, maximum 40% of the exterior can be "vision" glass, or windows, but there' no reason that glass fronted shadow box or spandrel panels, both of which are insulated, can't be used. Curtainwall, which is better insulated, isn't so much of an issue. So, buildings can still be all glass exteriors.

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For all the aesthetic benefits of a deep shadow box in place of a shallower insulated spandrel (i.e. good visual depth, a true shadow effect that appears more like vision glass from a distance), the condensation/moisture in the shadow boxes as seen at Corus Quay is the risk that you run with using it.
 

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