Previously the podium for sure had just shy of 10,000 sq-m of office space. I believe only the ground floor had retail. This mix may have changed at some point, but the podium floor plates certainly are not residential.Wasn’t there a recent CofA application to change the zoning for the office portion? They may have other uses in mind or maybe there is already a tenant? Anyways it is not a huge amount of space and they are a year out from completion so a lot can change.
Do you consider the mint-green spandrels as 'colours' or neutrals? To me they're definitely neutrals.Poor 88 Queen! Once the Belle of the Ball when its podium was being clad, it is now the red-headed (or mint-clad) stepchild.
The colour combination is a head-scratcher, but I don't think it's a deal-breaker. It's a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of mint. And aside from the colour, the tower looks fine - balanced and organized.
Posters on this forum are often like "No more neutrals! We want more colour!" And then when a non-neutral colour is given to them, it's like "Not that colour!" Neutrals are used so often because they are blandly acceptable. Orange, green, yellow, red, purple - particularly when they aren't accents - are always going to upset someone.