Thanks Solaris, I appreciate both you and drum posting so many pics. Its making me excited at the prospect of moving there. Other than the bad brick colour of the townhomes, I'm not sure how I feel about the multicoloured stained glass enclosing the swimming pool. It might have been classier to do it all in one colour, like metallic blue or something. Also looking at the plans Concord gave me, I'm not sure what they are going to do with the area between building A and B right behind the swimming pool. I can't see whats going on there other than concrete. Hope they do something green with this area as well. I know the inside of the "L" will be the courtyard and drive.
The coloured glass was a misstep on the lap pool area-- it doesn't particularly bring anything special to street level, but it does clash with the other glazing and colours and take away from cohesiveness. Sigh. But there's still lots I like about this place.
It looks like an artistic accent to the exterior, but it's admittedly not that sophisticated, unless it's just the photo quality. (I haven't seen it in person.) It's hard for anything to clash with the neutral minimalist exterior architecture, save for PoMo colours like beige perhaps. Every building should have something like this. I was reminded right away of Champs-de-Mars metro station in Montreal.
During the day. At night, it's the reverse - interesting from the outside, as long as the lights inside are sufficiently bright to cast a glow on the street. To the right (east) of the stained glass, the road dips under the GO tracks, so at night it could be a real neighbourhood landmark...provided IKEA's parking lot lights don't drown it out. The stained glass is infinitely better than the opaque glass and blue/grey/precast panels that invariably infest and deaden street-level amenities complexes. The neighbourhood precedent, of course, is the new St. Gabriel's church.
Same here. I remember that site was used to store the tunnel walls for the Sheppard subway prior to construction as they were originally manufactured to be used in the axed-Eglinton Subway, though the latter part may just be speculation on may part..