Standards of UTers have become lower than ever, based on the commentary above. "It has gimmicky red beams so I like it." "It's actually not terrible! So that's good!"
I find the Queen's Quay elevation to be the biggest insult of all. But even considering the rest of the project, its materiality is not up to snuff and its architecture does very little to activate the public spaces, other than the fact that the building happens to run alongside the park. Blech.
This is our waterfront; the public spaces have been well done (kudos to WaterfrontTO) but we should not be applauding this type of building which is not deserving of its location.
It's okay to be pleasantly surprised when something you thought was going to be awful might not be quite as awful as anticipated while at the same time wishing we had a more exciting product overall.