Originally Posted by LeftCoaster
The Building must:
- Maintain the current structure
- Allow for mixed use (ie retail on bottom, hotel/office etc on top)
- Be mindful of its neighbours
- Be somewhat conservative, due to the likely tenants
- Work within a realistic budget!!
I think a darker reflective glass with sunshades similar to the balconies on this building in Chicago could look quite good.
If designed right, the building would look quite organic if you were standing below it (as you wouldn't see much glass) but if you were across the street you would see the reflection of the VAG/Hotel Vancouver/Georgia Hotel and it would make the area feel more open.
I don't think this would be overly expensive to implement.
For extra cool effects you could put LED bars similar to those on the windows of BC Place along the tops of the sunshades and make the reflective glass look like water at night.