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Old Posted May 2, 2012, 3:34 AM
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Fairly certainly it's referring to 189 Keefer which is 10 storeys but it's not gastown it's Chinatown, other then that he could mean 60 W Cordova but it's already up and occupied, nothing else planned quite yet.
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Apple tried doing a deal there 4 years ago. It fell apart. They would have demoed the whole building (including Aritzia base) and started from scratch. It won't happen on that site.
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that building has a low FSR ... there is at grade parking in the back. so a rebuild makes sense in the long run. I could see a 3 or 4 story retail building for a Flagship location of a chain. Apple would be around the right size .... too small for a Simmons or Nordy sadly

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I think that the style of the building is too dated for apple.
1995. Dated? I have archived usenet posts older than that. Demolishing (in theory, a clause just keeps the owners options open, it doesn't mean demolition is imminent) such a relatively new building seems a waste.

Though it's not unheard of, 80s commercial buildings at Broadway/Victoria, and Broadway near Cambie have been demolished and replaced with larger builidings. Historically even substantial buildings had a short lifespan, the 2nd Hotel Vancouver (30ish years), the 2nd CPR station (15ish years)

(Media reports dated the Starbucks to 1988, but I remember contsruction hoarding on that corner in June 1994.. .. IIRC the previous building also had a corner Starbucks)
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Old Posted May 2, 2012, 4:34 PM
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there was a starbucks there and a popular hot dog place was next door when it was still robson strasse
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Old Posted May 2, 2012, 9:04 PM
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1995. Dated? I have archived usenet posts older than that. Demolishing (in theory, a clause just keeps the owners options open, it doesn't mean demolition is imminent) such a relatively new building seems a waste.
In style - not substance.
Apple would have a minimalist boxy design.
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Old Posted May 2, 2012, 9:54 PM
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Pic by me today of the mebrane replacement / sidewalk reconstruction on Georgia St. in front of TD Tower.
You can see the big Central Steam steam pipe just past the wooden railing.



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Old Posted May 3, 2012, 12:32 AM
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Fairly certainly it's referring to 189 Keefer which is 10 storeys but it's not gastown it's Chinatown, other then that he could mean 60 W Cordova but it's already up and occupied, nothing else planned quite yet.
now i've heard it's regarding the "new parking lot" at Abbott and Hastings.
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Old Posted May 3, 2012, 2:59 AM
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Apparently a penguin exhibit is opening up on May 18 at the Vancouver Aquarium? They've been building a new exhibit?
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i was at the aquarium a couple weeks ago for an interview and was "behind the scenes" and saw no construction going on
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Old Posted May 3, 2012, 2:49 PM
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now i've heard it's regarding the "new parking lot" at Abbott and Hastings.
That would be great. Improvements along Hastings inching along.
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Old Posted May 5, 2012, 6:10 AM
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entry about beach and howe

http://www.archiscene.net/residentia...owe-tower-big/



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Project: Beach + Howe Tower
Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Collaborators: Dialog, Cobalt Engineering, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Urban Design, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson, James KM Cheng Architects
Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels Group, Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Agustin Perez-Torres
Team: Julianne Gola, Marcella Martinez, Chris Malcolm, Karol Borkowski, Michael Taylor, Alina Tamosiunaite, David Brown, Tobias Hjortdal, Alexandra Gustafson
Client: Westbank Projects corp.
Size: 653,890 sf / 60,670 m2
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Website: www.big.dk
Famed danish practice Bjarke Ingels Group has designed Beach + Howe Tower for a location in Vancouver. See more of their "twisted" solution after the jump:
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You said:
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Project: Beach + Howe Tower
Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Collaborators: Dialog, Cobalt Engineering, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Urban Design, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson, James KM Cheng Architects
Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels Group, Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Agustin Perez-Torres
Team: Julianne Gola, Marcella Martinez, Chris Malcolm, Karol Borkowski, Michael Taylor, Alina Tamosiunaite, David Brown, Tobias Hjortdal, Alexandra Gustafson
Client: Westbank Projects corp.
Size: 653,890 sf / 60,670 m2
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Website: www.big.dk
Famed danish practice Bjarke Ingels Group has designed Beach + Howe Tower for a location in Vancouver. See more of their "twisted" solution after the jump:
http://gifs.gifbin.com/1232550297_Dr...20chipmunk.gif

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Maybe he had his name changed, because it originally sounded too Scandinavian or something.
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Love the renderings - especially under the bridge deck and viaducts.

I doubt that Meggs would like them, though.
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ROGERS ARENA TOWER from last week
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ROGERS ARENA TOWER from last week
... seems to be missing ...
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Thanks for the photo, Hollywoodnorth.
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The future of the two-toned Wall Centre tower

Question: If the Wall Centre gets reclad to fix the glass issue, will it remain two toned or which colour will win out?

Answer: Oh, you sly questioner you. (This was from Joe Just Joe, for those too lazy/busy to look back.) You must surely know about the tussle at city hall over this the last few years, with some of us wondering whether the mercurial Peter Wall would finally get his way and, against city hall wishes, finally get the all-black tower he had dreamed of. Gather round, kiddies, and I’ll tell you.

First of all, for those who don’t know the history, Vancouver council approved the final tower for the Wall Centre back in the late 1990s, based on images presented by architect Peter Busby that the building would be a gleaming shaft of light, especially compared to the two other, shorter, dark-glassed towers on the Wall block across from St. Paul’s on Burrard. Then-planning director Larry Beasley was particularly insistent that if the Wall tower was to be allowed up to 300 feet on this high piece of ground, making it prominent on the skyline, it should look transparent.

But lo and behold, when the building started going up in around 2000, the glass looked awfully dark — nothing like the images. People started phoning city hall, complaining that it looked like Darth Vader’s house was being built there. After many in-camera meetings over what to do, the city decided to sue.

Eventually, it turned out that someone in the planning department, presented with a glass sample that looked whitish in the light it was presented, had inadvertently okayed a much darker glass than intended. But then Mr. Wall, who loves dark glass and the solidity it conveys, ordered a glass that was darker still than what had been officially approved. Which means he broke the rules, instead of just bending them. Ultimately, he had to pay the city a fine of a few million and architect James Cheng was brought in to come up with a solution. The solution was to put clear glass on the top third and leave the already mostly in place dark glass on the bottom.

All was quiet for a while. Then in about 2006/2007, I started hearing whispers from city hall that Wall’s people were at city hall saying that the clear glass was causing a terrible problem. The building’s mechanical functions were breaking down because the clear glass did not function at all like the dark glass, in terms of retaining or releasing heat. So air conditioners and heaters were working overtime.

The pitch to the city was: Since we have to replace the glass anyway because of all these problems, how about if we make the whole tower one unified dark building again.

I understand that our now recently departed planning director, Brent Toderian, nixed that idea. Apparently the problem was that, when the Walls were ordered to put clear glass on the top, they never changed the mechanical functions of the building to work better with the new glass. So of course it kept breaking down. City staff advised them on how to get better environmental performance out of the building, but did not okay any darker shade.

My understanding is that the building is going to get new glass, but it won’t be darker. It will just be a new kind that is more energy efficient.

If dark glass suddenly starts appearing on the top, do let City Plumber here know. It will mean either that 1. someone in planning got rooked again 2. someone made a political decision to allow the dark glass after all 3. you’re in an alternate universe.
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Hopefully not true. The tower looks like crap as is. When I think about tourists looking at it, I'm embarassed, frankly.
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People started phoning city hall, complaining that it looked like Darth Vader’s house was being built there.
i'd love to see original transcripts - i can't believe anyone would call in and say that
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Let's phone in about the mark and them put in the darker spandrel that was shown on all the images then.
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