I have a studio instructor who is always telling us that it's a shame we don't learn more about modifying existing buildings in architecture school, because he feels that my generation of architectural designers will be doing more of that than new builds. In a city like Toronto, I am apt to agree.I'm so for this. I am surprised how much better they look with some thoughtful TLC. We are much too obsessed with demo/rebuild on this site - more creative adaptations of existing buildings is something Toronto should get better at, especially considering our aging stock of towers.
Hire Nouvel too. Unfortunately, the owner paid 300K a unit. There's no practical application in tearing down half the tower and relocating the service core. Just don't see a point to it. Lipstick on a pig is all we could expect. Thankfully, the lipstick is pretty good.Yep, Tuscani01 is right on point there. Setbacks would improve this development considerably. With a far less lazy design of the ground-level building connecting both towers, this would be a development worth admiring.
That being said, though, I do agree that it looks better than before the recladding.
From my understanding, the service core is on the North side of both towers, so you wouldnt have to move them at all. Water services and Heat/AC would be the only issue... but who knows. Perhaps converting to condo's when the condo market booms again would make this all worth it? Nothing like prime waterfront land!Hire Nouvel too. Unfortunately, the owner paid 300K a unit. There's no practical application in tearing down half the tower and relocating the service core. Just don't see a point to it. Lipstick on a pig is all we could expect. Thankfully, the lipstick is pretty good.
It was actually built so everyone gets a view of the lake. Otherwise the people facing north would only see the city.Isn't it odd that the towers are not facing the lake? If they were turned 90 degrees, way more residents would have had a view of the lake rather than staring at a slab. I don't get why it was built like this