Originally Posted by elconsulto
As a prospective architecture student, I'm curious as to what you would change about it?
I personally would change the podium, make it 4-5 stories, make it more open to the street, i.e. take away the fence and foliage, the tower does lack an any distinctive or indelible characteristics, but I don't think that's an issue given the area and budget.
Drake is on a fairly small space of land. It's not like the other picture you've posted with a huge frontage where the podium can run across between 2 towers.
The podium here is 2 level townhomes, so the fence and foliage is for their benefit in privacy/security.
Keep in mind,this is on 15th Ave, not 17th. The podium needs to have a more residential feeling, that a 4-5 story podium would overdue for that street.
It would feel like a giant condo wall beside you as you walked along 7th St, or visited the heritage homes across the street.