My point wasn't that this is going to end up looking like P&S, but that the local shlockmeister designs don't get nearly the scrutiny that top end, architecturally unique projects like this one get. It's as if the planners have an idea of what a Toronto building should look like and anything outside the mold gets a red card with orders to dumb it down. This project will still be leagues better than the typical bland boxes but it already appears that the more arresting features are being smoothed over so as to fit in better with its bland neighbours.Where is the evidence this is going the way of another PS/IBI or G+C project?
Not only BIG. They were recently re-invented by MVRDV in Amsterdam for the Crystal Houses project for Chanel, and they've won a pile of awards since. Click to see this close up: there's a new type of glass block out there, or glass bricks, and yes, they're blended into traditional bricks above the second level. Not saying that these are the ones that will be in the BIG project, but don't think that there's only one option out there.Glass blocks is so 80's/90's tacky (especially the textured versions) but only a firm like BIG would attempt to bring it back in a smart way.
Are planning's concerns justified?