Boring, functional and dense. If someone can figure out making main floors more appealing on towers like this we are close to a winner formula.Glass and spandrel looks well thought out, mullions aren't an different colour and don't stand out too much and the rhythm of the windows is pretty good. If the balconies get a good treatment this is what we can call solid rental infill IMO. Take notes Cidex.
Boring, functional and dense. If someone can figure out making main floors more appealing on towers like this we are close to a winner formula.
It's weird though. It seems like very few tower project - ever - have built great podiums. The Royal and Underwood being the notably best examples off the top of my head. I am sure there are technical / policy reasons that drive meh retail design in towers - combined with a incentive mis-match ( i.e. Developers: "retail is great, but my main job is build a 400 unit apartment building"). Is it the tower form itself that sets up podiums to be meh? Perhaps too much of the main floor devoted to serve residents above, parking ramps etc. that force trade-offs? Is it MacLeod Trails general lameness that makes all these towers feel like they are missing something on the main floor?Oh I agree with you, the podium is unacceptable and we should be demanding more in our design guidelines, and be much harder on asking for excellent podium design at UDRP.