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.
Does it thought? I guess we'll have to see the final result, but I think there is plenty of room for improvement there too. They had an opportunity to create an inviting experience set against river (such as an indoor/outdoor cafe you'd see in Europe), yet it looks pretty sterile even in the renderings. The only real public space is in the alley...and even that looks somewhat cold.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.