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Xelebes Oct 14, 2018 5:58 PM

Ugly Canada 2 (Only architecture, planning and design faux pas)
 
Time to create a new thread for Ugly Canada. Thought I would start this off with some clear direction of how this thread will proceed.

This thread is not for pointing out offensive opinions outside of architecture, planning and design. This thread is not for pointing out people in poor health or people with limited design choices.

This thread is about pointing towards things we build that are shoddy, not prepared for display, or misguided theories of form or function.

Proceed.

O-tacular Oct 15, 2018 4:54 PM

So was the last thread closed because of supposed ageism and so-called 'poverty shaming' then? One too many Depends jokes? It seems more likely that the whole Faith Goldy debate between me and lio was responsible for its demise. Now we have nothing to look back on for posterity. Pages and pages of Clockzilla and The Rooms and The Venetian and Chad Kroeger lost like dust in the wind. A wind that carried a faint tune of "Look at this FRODOgraph" and the stench of Depends.

No more of this guy:

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ISh3QyioP...s1600/con3.jpg

Or Don Cherry. Or Dog Fart. OR Chad Kroeger.


Well here's my contribution of the ugly building variety. I drove by this on Saturday and couldn't figure out WTF that stack jutting out of the centre of the roof of this condo was. Was it originally intended as a chimney? Or was it always destined to be an anchor for ugly cellphone antennas?

https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.12637...7i13312!8i6656

TorontoDrew Oct 15, 2018 5:12 PM

That's and Baddington, and Beddington. What strange street names to intersect.

MonkeyRonin Oct 16, 2018 3:43 PM

Here's a new one for us. This building in Chinatown went from this...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DpkgSMBU8AAz1KW.jpg


...to this: :uhh:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DpkgSMEUwAAEQmD.jpg
https://twitter.com/heychristofur/st...ly-makeover%2F

Pavlov Oct 16, 2018 3:52 PM

^ Ugh. That is truly terrible.

TorontoDrew Oct 16, 2018 4:23 PM

Ha, I walked past that last week and couldn't remember what was there before. I have no ill feelings for it, they replaced tacky with bland. I only hope that a decent Chinese restaurant occupies the space one the ground floor.

O-tacular Oct 16, 2018 6:41 PM

That’s not really ugly, just bland.

TorontoDrew Oct 18, 2018 8:18 PM

I Submit the Hotel Intercontinental on Front Street. Since Oxford now owns it it's living on borrowed time.


Built: 1984
Floors: 25
Use: Hotel


[IMG]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4375/...7822d417_h.jpgIntercontinental, Toronto, Ontario by Duane Schermerhorn, on Flickr[/IMG]

someone123 Oct 18, 2018 8:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TorontoDrew (Post 8347421)
Ha, I walked past that last week and couldn't remember what was there before. I have no ill feelings for it, they replaced tacky with bland. I only hope that a decent Chinese restaurant occupies the space one the ground floor.

I worry that most Canadian cities are getting blander. So much new construction has a modernist suburban shopping mall aesthetic. The acceptable colours are black, white, grey, and blue. The acceptable decorations are horizontal/vertical slats or that fake "framing" (the seemingly pointless white boxes in the example above).

kwoldtimer Oct 18, 2018 9:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TorontoDrew (Post 8350070)
I Submit the Hotel Intercontinental on Front Street. Since Oxford now owns it it's living on borrowed time.


Built: 1984
Floors: 25
Use: Hotel


[IMG]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4375/...7822d417_h.jpgIntercontinental, Toronto, Ontario by Duane Schermerhorn, on Flickr[/IMG]

The fact that '80s architecture is no longer in fashion does not render it "ugly".

Echoes Oct 18, 2018 9:51 PM

I'd say it's a welcome counterpoint to all of that glass.

megadude Oct 18, 2018 11:44 PM

I pass by it every day on the train. Never thought of it as ugly. Just think of it as 80s.

O-tacular Oct 19, 2018 2:22 AM

How many buildings are behind the hotel? At first glance it looked like one mega building forming a wall of blue glass. I agree that the hotel adds some much needed variety and texture to the area. Calgary is starting to feel the same in certain areas. I’m beginning to value some of the old brutalist boxes as they offer some contrast and depth.

Echoes Oct 19, 2018 2:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by O-tacular (Post 8350494)
How many buildings are behind the hotel? At first glance it looked like one mega building forming a wall of blue glass. I agree that the hotel adds some much needed variety and texture to the area. Calgary is starting to feel the same in certain areas. I’m beginning to value some of the old brutalist boxes as they offer some contrast and depth.

There are 3 buildings in behind: Ritz-Carlton, Simcoe Place, RBC Centre

TorontoDrew Oct 19, 2018 2:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kwoldtimer (Post 8350208)
The fact that '80s architecture is no longer in fashion does not render it "ugly".


I agree but even as a child I found it ugly. We have plenty of great 80's buildings like One University across the street from it. It just looks like no thought was put into it and the biege concrete has never looked flattering imo.

Nouvellecosse Oct 19, 2018 3:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pavlov (Post 8347367)
^ Ugh. That is truly terrible.

I'd say it's just a terrible match for that setting. Spadina is an eclectic mix of colourful, quirky, kitschy, grand, but that's just conservative contemporary.

TorontoDrew Oct 19, 2018 3:47 AM

Good point.

megadude Oct 21, 2018 11:35 PM

Not sure what to make of this. It's the new bus terminal at Steeles & Hurontario in Brampton.

It adds some creative dimension to what otherwise would be an unremarkable intersection and area around Shoppers World. But at the same time, I can see passing by 20 years from now and saying God damn, what an eyesore.


https://www.inbrampton.com/sites/inb...way-google.jpg
https://www.inbrampton.com/something...teway-terminal

GeneralLeeTPHLS Oct 21, 2018 11:43 PM

I personally love the InterContinental, albeit it's not too tall in this time compared to what it stood as in years before.


That Shoppers World bus terminal looks awful. Looks like the same, dated suburban crap that's in the Peel Region.

O-tacular Oct 22, 2018 1:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by megadude (Post 8352980)
Not sure what to make of this. It's the new bus terminal at Steeles & Hurontario in Brampton.

It adds some creative dimension to what otherwise would be an unremarkable intersection and area around Shoppers World. But at the same time, I can see passing by 20 years from now and saying God damn, what an eyesore.


https://www.inbrampton.com/sites/inb...way-google.jpg
https://www.inbrampton.com/something...teway-terminal

I get that they’re trying to be ‘funky’ and ‘different’ but that already looks dated. It’s just trying sooooo hard to be noticed. Reminds me of some stuff from the 90’s.


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