Agreed. Contextually this style doesn't work in this location. 4 Ave? sure. Stephen Ave? Vision glass and high-quality retail and patio, Vancouver-style.Agreed. Of all the historical buildings old, mid century modern or 70's/80's brutalist that is probably my least favorite. It's not even really the design, it's the context + design. If that same podium was a standalone building I would like it much more, but its integration into a tall office building makes it just another lifeless office tower podium IMO. Changing the use by adding restaurants etc, would help, but to make it feel separate and not just an office tower podium, it needs a new design.
I like beton brut architecture, but I find it suits smaller, standalone purpose built buildings.