Nautilus Condos | ?m | 39s | Biddington | Graziani + Corazza

AlbertC

Superstar
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 24, 2007
Messages
19,761
Reaction score
48,606
Location
Davenport
The next phase of Monarch's project @ Humber Bay Shores.

nautiluseo5.jpg
 

Junglab

New Member
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 24, 2007
Messages
59
Reaction score
0
The ghosted buildings... are they Monarch's first phase?
Those are some of the most hideous buildings recently constructed (if not ever). They don't fit in at all with the context (which is piss-poor to begin with) neither the Palace Pier developments, nor the chaotic remainder of the newer condos, never mind the natural/physical environment that preceeded them; are individually a horrendous mish-mash of forms; and occupy far too prominent a site for their architectural quality. I find myself wishing fervently for their demolition each time I pass by on the Gardiner, and am thus reminded of their excruciating existence.
The new phase looks positively elegant by comparison, athough so would a small steaming pile of dog turd. Please, soeone save us from the architectural wasteland that Etobicoke is fast becoming....
 

Prometheus The Supremo

►Member №41+⅜◄
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
4,107
Reaction score
5
Location
a strange reality, bizarro toronto
a condo project named after a shell line of marine lubricants?
 

Hydrogen

post-young
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
5,990
Reaction score
1
Please, soeone save us from the architectural wasteland that Etobicoke is fast becoming....

Too late.

Makes one kinda pine for a return of the motel strip.

Kinda.
 

canarob

Senior Member
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 24, 2007
Messages
1,519
Reaction score
740
Location
Markham
I'm not sure I like it, but the "wave" that is formed by the gaps between the balconies is somewhat unique for Toronto.
 

interchange42

Administrator
Staff member
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
26,376
Reaction score
32,178
Location
by the Humber
Those are quite the blinding sparkles, or sunspots, or strobe effects, or explosions, or whatever those are. Point being, avoid one of those apartments if thinking of a purchase here.

The 38/39 floor height is interesting: do they have approval for it? When the Humber Bay Shores area was rezoned for all of these developments there was a height limit of 27 floors put on the tallest buildings either side of the central node, and Explorer 1 hit that mark. If Nautilus has been granted a height increase, then the shift to higher buildings that has hit the rest of the city has also hit the Etobicoke waterfront. (Too late of course to save the towers that have been built so far - they should have been somewhat taller and thinner, maintaining the density while pushing it higher into the sky, and allowing more space between the buildings - and there should have been less Graziani + Corazza of course too.)

Meanwhile, what happened to the original proposals for Phase 4? Last time this launched Monarch was calling it Breeze, and there were to be two towers - one of 16 stories, and one of 29. It wasn't a breeze selling it for some reason? It did look like another iteration of the previous 3 phases, so maybe they have decided that a little more visual distance is required for the new phases. Still, Nautilus does look like it comes from Graziani + Corazza yet again, albeit an improved G+C.

42
 

urbandreamer

recession proof
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
14,522
Reaction score
408
Location
renderpornstar.com
Looks very much like a poorman's early 21st century Aa. With a shopping mall that area would remind me of Burnaby's Brentwood Town Centre area or maybe parts of West Van. I've got a feeling 30 years from now, the entire area will be highrise--from the Ontario Food Terminal lands to the 427 to the Lake.
 

Urban Shocker

Doyenne
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
8,465
Reaction score
9
I think the "wave" design on the balconies is intended to evoke the shape of a nautilus shell. The nautilus shell is an example of the Golden Section - perfect proportions that evoke visual delight - found in nature and used by artists, designers and architects throughout time.

If only those values were transferred to this building!
 

Junglab

New Member
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 24, 2007
Messages
59
Reaction score
0
Argh! My eyes!
I, in a moment of insanity, proceeded to search for other examples of Graziani + Corazza architecture, in the supremely naive idea that there must be some redemption in their architectural backcatalogue. That moment will haunt me for the rest of my days. It seems that a few of their developments can be generously called "not bad" - but the volume of tripe (no... some people, Italians mostly, seem to enjoy tripe, so this would be an insult to them) is downright disgusting. Whatever austere institution deigned to credential these hoary hacks as architects should be shut down immediately, as should this horrid "architectural" practice before more blight is inflicted on our landscape.
 

alklay

Senior Member
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
2,245
Reaction score
774
Junglab, there are special eyedrops for your self-inflicted wounds. Of course, actually looking at their work in real life (like the base of ROCP) can cause permanent damage.

If this is indeed G + C, then it is one of their best works. Of course, that is hardly saying anything nice.

And compared to some of the other developments in the area, its not that bad.
 

Top