I took a walk around it too, completely agree. It's a postcard building - looks good and impressive from a viewpoint a distance away, but ultimately doesn't integrate well into the community and city it serves. Perhaps the LRT side may be better when it's done?I went to the Saddedome this weekend, and had a chance really see this thing up close for the first time. I was hoping to have my opinion changed, but it was most of the things I feared....the materials were dark and imposing, the "copper" panels looked cheap and flat, and the whole thing felt monolithic and uninviting from street level. The arm is neat, and I'm sure the inside will be nice enough, but just overall...for me it's an architectural miss exterior wise.
I would have liked the new even centre to be built at this spot.Driving up MacLeod trying to get a look at the new CC only to have the bloody Big-4 building in the way. Isn’t that thing at the end of it’s life ? Time for it to go, especially with the new 17th Ave and LRT station coming.