This hands down looks better than anything in Cityplace. I dare say this project will look stunning when completed.
I'd agree that so far it has the best podium(easily) and perhaps i'll be the best project overall.
But I wouldn't say its the best tower, since we haven't even seen it yet. I do like the facade as shown on the render, but the tower is still quite 'boxy'. We'll see...
Parade 2 is my favorite of the lot, for now. I like its symmetry, how it looks clean and how the color of the glass blends in with the sky as do the spandrels which mask their use. And of course, primarily because its cylindrical, which for the love of god I am thankful for.
Sure I understand quality architecture can be had in a minimalistic box (TD center, X, Casa etc). But overall I'm tired of the form. Again, not asking for Dubai tackiness, just some more interesting shapes and forms.
Ironically I see Parade phase one as the worst city place building. Heavy use of spandrels that is painfully obvious. Just a plain box with no distinctive features. At least with Luna and Montage they tried something, but there's far too much repetition between them all.
There actually is a pattern to the balconies on Parade 1, but you wouldn't know it at first glace and its not a pretty one to begin with. While I prefer city place blue over all the greens and gray going up in this city, they really shouldn't have used it on all their buildings. Overall it just incredibly messy.
However, I still think that city place buildings by themselves are no worse than your average Toronto condo. Its the development as a whole that is architecturally flawed.