It's not the ground breaking building we had hoped for, but it's definitely a nice building and a style we need to see more of! The fact that it interfaces so well with the riverwalk is the best part of it IMO.
The fact that it interfaces so well with the riverwalk is the best part of it IMO.
Aesthetically I agree, it's fairly generic. But functionally - a pedestrian-focused (i.e. only pedestrian), low/mid-rise retail block with no parking is practically unheard of in Calgary. Generic or not, that's something I would like to see repeated a few hundred times throughout the inner city. It's real innovation is the application of something so basic that it's often overlooked - pure, uncut 100%-European style pedestrian orientation.To be honest, I find this building a bit more generic than I was hoping. It's a nice, clean, modern effort.. but there's nothing really unique or interesting about it either. From the river-side, it comes across as a podium for an unbuilt tower.
I think the building is on the sterile side, but that's okay if it's surrounded by good landscaping or good public space design. A resto patio with a semi open ceiling would be fantastic.
Something like this, but maybe with the woof painted black, so as to tie into the modern like design of the building?
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