Why couldn't they keep the wrap on the Wellesley side to create a more urban street frontage and retain the landscape area on the residential street, especially given the adjacency to Barbara Hall Park? Seems funny this way.
"...quite sensitive to the original architecture," Come on, let's call a spade a space. The grounds are integral to the architecture in the same way that Nathan Phillips Square is integral to City Hall. . This is about rejecting those ideas about architecture and wanting to hide the building from view. This has everything to do with placing little to no value on 70s architecture.
Would people be giving this their rubber stamp if that were was Victorian era architecture on that block instead? Of course not. They'd be up in arms. I understand the issues with tower in the park developments but sometime people need to leave things alone. It won't be a popular view on here, but we need to preserve a few examples of this kind of architecture .........and this is one of the better examples of it.
Toronto won't, of course. Every era of architecture eventually falls out of favour and gets stripped away. I guarantee that 99% of what we're building today will one day fall out of favour. It will be deemed ugly and demolished with zeal.