I never thought about before, but that would be good. Not only does the building look like a UFO, but the inside is much better than Telus Spark IMO. Imagine cruising down the Deerfoot and seeing that building, it would be hard not to check it out.Looks wonderful. I wish that was the Telus science centre.
Ugh, I'm at pains to "like" what you said Familia, but because I certainly don't like any of it. I agree with all of if though. As unremarkable as the building turned out both inside and out, it's the incredibly poor exhibits that did it for me. All that the permanent display consists are a bunch of brown play blocks and a few sponsored things about oil viscosity. Most of it could be generously be termed "art" rather than science and does little to enlighten either way. When I went there was a traveling exhibit on film animatronics and all it amounted to was a couple of interactive sculptures pushed into a small irregular beige atrium beside the lobby. I could hardly believe how poor the experience was. I couldn't agree more about starting over with this one. I'd start with a new board that actually gives a damn about the subject matter and mission of a science center and work from there.Telus Spark may be the biggest failure and underwhelming building Calgary has ever produced. For what it is supposed to embody and facilitate (science, technology, creativity, wonder and awe, amazement) it is an overwhelming failure in every single aspect. The building itself is unremarkable in every way imaginable and does not have a single redeeming quality. Very sterile and corporate from exterior to interior. Bland gray sheet metal covers the entire exterior with very little glass. I still don't understand what the dark gray scaffolding fins are supposed to do that are mounted on the exterior walls. They serve no purpose other then to somewhat hide the sheet metal. The bold colours that the original rendering displayed (red roof, multicolored façade that apparently could project images and change) were all scrapped for the blandest gray you can find. The interior is worse. Very clinical in appearance and feel. Large swaths of empty unused space that serves no purpose. The actual exhibits were boring, broken, lame, or pointless. The actual school programming offered (Gr. 6 air and aerodynamics) was brutal and nothing that couldn't be done in anyone's kitchen. The theater is the only highlight with an amazing screen and picture quality. I don't think I will ever return either with a school group or on my own. In fact, I hope the building collapses one night (with no one in it) and the city is forced to start from scratch. I would have rather not built a new science center then be stuck with the trash we received. That $150 million is better spent on a fieldhouse. End rant!
Wow, $190M. That sounds like a huge amount of money for a rec centre. I can't say I'm crazy about what I see in the floorplans:The cost was $190 million. Telus Spark was $160 Million, but was built a while back...I have no idea what it would be today.
Yeah, I'll have to compare it against other recent rec centres to get a better gauge. I'm only guessing that Westside cost around $50M. And there's been a lot of price inflation in construction inputs since 2000. The much more boiler plate Genesis Centre in NE Calgary apparently clocked in around $120M in 2011.I love the building too (Rocky Ridge), but kind of had to sit and think about that price tag. Seems excessive to me, but then again, maybe that's the going rate for this kind of thing? I dunno.