Practicality likely ruled the day. Frosted provides a bit of privacy, clear provides none. That said, I'm not about to go on any balcony that has glass walls. I don't feel comfortable in the slightest.Agreed. My only complaint at this point is the balcony glass; I think clear panels would have been better than the frosted colour we're seeing. Otherwise, loving the finesse of details like the exhaust grilles.
It's a refreshing change. A strong street apron that goes straight up from the lot line VS. a podium with a tower pushed back from the lot line? I'll take the former almost every time. The latter always feels like a lost opportunity to create an impressively urban streetscape.- its sheer verticality as it rises from the street without a big podium. Very urban in a good way.
If wonder if a series of progressive setbacks rather than a sheer tower on a podium would achieve the same effect.Not that I think every building needs them, but a major reason for podiums is to stop windy downdrafts from hitting the sidewalk. It's not just a shade and style thing.
I was thinking the same thing. Logically, it seems like it would have the same effect; as long as the wind doesn't have a direct path to follow down to the street, it shouldn't be a problem. Personally I've grown quite tired of the podium + point tower combo that has become the norm here. I much prefer a strong street wall, with more gradual setbacks as the tower rises. I quite like the massing of this tower as well though. Like isaidso said, it's nice to see something that rises almost straight from the property line. Something about it seems very urban.If wonder if a series of progressive setbacks rather than a sheer tower on a podium would achieve the same effect.