I feel like Frank Gehry should've been contributing to Toronto so much. This is only his 2nd project in Toronto...If I became a starchitect, I would make Hamilton the most amazing city ever.
The more I look at this proposal the less I like the third East tower. Full disclosure I'm recently in the aginst camp but still open to persuasion.
While i find its design striking, I dont think its needed, the first two towers work well by themselves. The east tower is imo a grey, slimmer rendition of the central tower which isnt needed from a purely aesthetic perspective.
The fact that the grey tower will likely house the largest per tower percentage of condo units to finance the amenities of the other two makes it elimination implausible. Yet I would challenge Gehry to work with only the two western towers and allow Mirvish and Projectcore to integrate the heritage component on the east tower in some new architectural form. Hopefully one that maintains the iconicness, but not necessarily the architectural style of the western two.
If Gehry is as great as his claims to fame would make us think, such a task shouldnt be to hard.
Odd question, but is it possible to have the existing buildings moved?
I can think of some areas in and around the waterfront redevelopment area that could use the character.
Mirvish including the cost of moving these buildings to another location (another developer would have to integrate them of course) could make people a lot more amenable to the loss of them in this area.
Even if it could be moved, the logistics would be hellish. Moving buildings is okay when they're in small town. Not when they're in the middle of a downtown core.
I've been weighing the pros and cons of this project for some time now and finally I am coming on side. The lure of something potentially monumental/iconic here is just too difficult to ignore... well, in fact I think Hume sums it up pretty well. The debate has been a good one though, and an important one (in terms of what we are losing), and we can take some solace in the fact that we would not be rending good urban fabric for just any old development. No, a bar has been established where the pre-existing realm is concerned, and this is somewhat of a victory in and of itself.
As for the POW specifically though, as I sat there recently, amazed by Ramin Karimloo's masterclass in Les Miz, it dawned on me that its loss will be the real sacrifice here. An art gallery can seldom provide the same sort of live, collective experience that a moment in the theatre can... and there is something so very urban in this experience.
1) Mies TD Centre is a revered on UT. If you could have the original heritage buildings that were there or the Mies TD Centre, which would you choose?
2) Don't you want to have the work of two of the great architects of Modernism and Postmodernism in Toronto? It has to be on its current site.
It happened when it could have happened; that's all that needs to be said.
Why does it *have* to be on its current site.