1540 Bloor West | 86.86m | 25s | Trinity Group | Core Architects

Alex L

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There is no easy solution, but the access to parking and loading is right next to the subway. Right next to the entrance for streetcars and buses. That is sure to jam up that part of Dundas even more. Since buses and streetcars load on the right, the TTC can't really change their loop. The laneway to the west seems small, but might be expandable at the expense of a bit of the subway lot. Return of Vincent Street?

And if there is a corner that could use a set-back, it is that one. Two reasons: pedestrians and pickups/dropoffs. The taxi stand across at the Crossways could be moved to the west side to be more effective. An extra lane of roadway could be useful.

I don't know if there is any architectural value, but some of the facade of the old building looks interesting. Too bad they have zero interest in keeping it.

This project is going to get a lot of scrutiny. It is a tight corner on a very busy intersection.
 

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Looks like they've redesigned it a little. The two floors of retail appear to have been reduced to one.
 

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Updated renderings on Trinity Group's website. Black brick now being used in the podium. Massing of the top section also appears to be the other major difference.


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Well the podium looks even more horrific and out of context with the rest of the neighborhood aesthetic, so that's a great step backwards!
 

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it's not entirely out of context. The condo they are building across the street will feature black brick and white accents.

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Exactly, the ugliest building in Toronto is on the southwest corner, so this is a pretty good extension of that aesthetic.

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*This* exists in Toronto and you want to call Bloor Dundas Square the worst??


I'll always love BDS because it's an archetypal 1976 apartment complex, on top of an archetypal 1976 office block, on top of an archetypal 1976 retail plaza, all with *no* relation to each other. It's like proto-deconstructivism.



And Crossways is just straight gorgeous. It and Bay Charles Towers are like Toronto's own little traces of Davis, Brody. Excellent.
 

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Well the podium looks even more horrific and out of context with the rest of the neighborhood aesthetic, so that's a great step backwards!

I really don't like black brick in general, but this is IMO definitely better than anonymizing pure glass street frontages in the previous version. Much more texture here and definition of individual spaces.
 

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