Mildly off topic, but does anyone know what the source of the name Marda is? (Obviously not in direct relation to be building in question, but to Marda Loop as a whole.) I suppose Google could probably tell me, but then what fun is it to be party to a bunch of people who pride themselves on knowing just that sort of thing if you don't make use of it.
The way 20th Street SW jogs at 34th Avenue SW makes this a particularly prominent site in Marda Loop, as a building on this site will act as a “visual terminus” for anyone approaching Marda Loop from the North along 20th Street SW. For that reason we were okay with having the land use for this site changed to allow for more building height as long as the proposed building included a cool north facade that would create that architecturally interesting visual terminus. Not convinced that we quite got that with this design.Definitely not front line material, but not so bad all told. Mostly just height and density rather than any kind of contribution to excellence in design for the area.