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myfaceisonfire
Oct 16, 2009, 6:50 PM
Sorry, that's all they had and this bb code doesn't let you resize pictures...does it?

Besides, look at all the beautiful renderpeople!

timc
Oct 16, 2009, 7:34 PM
Still looks pretty suburban. Why does it face the parking area and not the road? But it could be worse, not every building will be beautiful.

Very suburban, especially with that brand-new-looking detached home in the background. Is the street in the foreground supposed to be FDB?

DHLawrence
Oct 16, 2009, 8:05 PM
It looks like they went with a stock background. It also looks like it will have entrances to both lot and road, if that overhang can be believed.

Cambridgite
Oct 16, 2009, 8:07 PM
^Nice to see. The hotel could definitely pass for suburbia, but within reason, I can see how it fits into a downtown environment. At least it's not stucco :) . I look forward to seeing shovels hit the ground for this much needed addition to Waterloo.

myfaceisonfire
Oct 16, 2009, 8:36 PM
I think the hotel fronts on Erb, so that's Erb st in the foreground

kitchener-lrt
Oct 16, 2009, 9:04 PM
This hotel=Suburbia. I'm not liking what I'm seeing.

mpd618
Oct 16, 2009, 9:52 PM
Yeah. This could easily pass for a suburban office building.

jcollins
Oct 16, 2009, 9:57 PM
Definitely not idea. It really seems to be fitting in with the overall look of this whole project. The whole thing seems to lack that urban feeling. Especially when this is the first piece of the puzzle. Its hard to imagine the rest will deviate from this mold. Nice to know this is what the whole piece of land will be filled with in 20+ years when its done

Elmira Guy
Oct 17, 2009, 1:00 AM
What's with all the hookers coming and going around the hotel? :)

urbandreamer
Oct 21, 2009, 1:32 AM
What an eyesore.

When Waterloo is capable of getting a design review panel and developers with the guts to build stuff equal to or surpassing Peter Freed's Thompson hotel in Toronto, then I will be able to take this little 519 town seriously.

rapid_business
Oct 21, 2009, 1:56 AM
/\ design review committee... that is what I have been saying for the past 2 years... or design guidelines with teeth, not just suggestions. :rolleyes:

jcollins
Oct 21, 2009, 11:16 AM
/\ design review committee... that is what I have been saying for the past 2 years... or design guidelines with teeth, not just suggestions. :rolleyes:

I thought thats what these (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=174080) were. Or aren't they strong enough yet?

rapid_business
Oct 21, 2009, 12:18 PM
/\ ah, I knew they were working on it, but hadn't heard the final details. Hmmm... it all comes down to how much they will be enforced, by who, and for fear of going to the OMB, if they'll cave and let the developer do as originally planned.

WatGuy
Oct 21, 2009, 5:04 PM
Auburn's website has been updated with more details about the Barrel Yards and new renderings (well, new viewpoints). The glass-dominated condo towers are OK, but I shudder at the thought of those tri-coloured monsters dotting our skyline. Atrocious, cheap, underwhelming, etc...

http://www.auburndev.com/index.php?cID=126

As for the new urban design guidelines they are far more "directive" than what Waterloo has had in the past (to my understanding). The "teeth" question hangs out there still.

Like Onishenko, I would like to see a design review board too. It would be great if a committee/body (i.e., Uptown Vision), could be provided with this mandate/power to review proposals and say "not good enough." I know that doesn't cover the whole city but really the suburbs are a lost cause anyway. It's the Uptown that should be world-class and protected as such. Based on my experience, I don't see that happening.

diegaxo
Oct 21, 2009, 6:39 PM
Auburn's website has been updated with more details about the Barrel Yards and new renderings (well, new viewpoints). The glass-dominated condo towers are OK, but I shudder at the thought of those tri-coloured monsters dotting our skyline. Atrocious, cheap, underwhelming, etc...

http://www.auburndev.com/index.php?cID=126

As for the new urban design guidelines they are far more "directive" than what Waterloo has had in the past (to my understanding). The "teeth" question hangs out there still.

Like Onishenko, I would like to see a design review board too. It would be great if a committee/body (i.e., Uptown Vision), could be provided with this mandate/power to review proposals and say "not good enough." I know that doesn't cover the whole city but really the suburbs are a lost cause anyway. It's the Uptown that should be world-class and protected as such. Based on my experience, I don't see that happening.

I agree but it's actually looking much better than before.

Leaffan
Nov 10, 2009, 3:03 PM
Weeks ago I emailed Auburn asking about the Barrel Yards project today someone from their company responded to my email:

Hi! Thank you for your interest in The Barrel Yards project. We should be starting the first phase by the early new year. We are currently going through the permit stages with the City. I don't have any pricing for you at this time but I will be glad to add you to the list of those who are interested and I will send out an update when we have some more information.
Thanks for inquiring,
Christine.
Christine Campbe
Assistant to Jamie Crich, President
Auburn Developments Inc.
560 Wellington Street, 2nd floor
London, Ontario
N6A 3R4
(519) 434-1808Fax (519) 434-5084

rapid_business
Apr 6, 2010, 3:07 PM
A new rendering for the Barrelyards office towers in Uptown Waterloo. Much more tasteful this time around.

http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss203/UrbanWaterloo/Waterloo/Barrel%20Yards/BarrelYardsWaterloo-April2010.jpg

With all the new inventory flooding the market and an economy that is only starting to stabilize after the 2008 crash, I have a feeling this won't start construction for a little while. However, the property is now fenced off and there is some digging...probably for the hotel next door.

It looks like their orientation is a little better, but the excessive detailing in their tower design is a little much. Otherwise, I'm glad to see this thing continuing to progress in it's design.

kwoldtimer
Apr 6, 2010, 9:32 PM
not impressed.

Waterlooer
Apr 7, 2010, 11:58 AM
I like it.

Cambridgite
Jan 8, 2011, 5:42 AM
Boy, this thread hasn't been updated in a long time....

Domain Hotel, fronting Erb street

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb210/Cambridgite/Uptown%20Waterloo/Holiday2010_WatReg038.jpg

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb210/Cambridgite/Uptown%20Waterloo/Holiday2010_WatReg040.jpg

MolsonExport
Jan 10, 2011, 4:19 PM
25 floors?

rapid_business
Jan 10, 2011, 4:39 PM
Tallest residential tower planned for the site.

Lugnut
Jul 20, 2011, 2:03 PM
Does anyone know what's going on over at Barrel Yards?

They're working on the hotel but it's taking forever!

Lugnut
Jul 20, 2011, 2:09 PM
Also, not sure if the updated images from this project have been posted. Didn't see them.

From Auburn`s website:

http://www.auburndev.com/files/83331276874454Domain-Hotel-Perspective-Ju.jpg

http://www.auburndev.com/files/703112772314112010-0511-1.jpg

http://www.auburndev.com/files/811412772314292010-0511-2.jpg

http://www.auburndev.com/files/220312772314462010-0511-3.jpg

http://www.auburndev.com/files/932912772314732010-0511-4.jpg

Chadillaccc
Oct 6, 2011, 2:44 AM
No news on this one? Would be a great project to densify the city.

rapid_business
Oct 6, 2011, 2:58 AM
The format and design is a little different now. The hotel is under construction, but seems to have stalled over the past 2 months.

CCF
Oct 8, 2011, 10:06 AM
Nothing overly striking about the hotel. Would have liked a better design at grade. As proposed it really doesn't meet the street well. Hopefully the windows are transparent/non-tinted.

The_Architect
May 14, 2012, 11:18 AM
I can not for the life of me figure out why they built the hotel first.. Wouldn't you build that last? Who would want to stay in a hotel in the middle of a huge construction site?

Also the street level onto Erb is awful, I have to walk past it whenever I go into Uptown and it does not interact with Erb at all.