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Old Posted Apr 19, 2014, 7:49 PM
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Birks flagship store expansion
This is sacrilege. It's like letting a 3 year old paint a hat on the Mona Lisa.
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Old Posted Apr 19, 2014, 8:11 PM
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In the same style as the Ritz expansion. I'm sure it will look good once finished.
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What currently exists on this site? I love how it enhances the square with that angled plaza.
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What currently exists on this site? I love how it enhances the square with that angled plaza.
Surface parking! So, serious improvement.

This one: https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.50391...ZWlA!2e0?hl=en

It may also be replacing that small brick building as well.
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Old Posted Apr 20, 2014, 1:53 PM
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This is sacrilege. It's like letting a 3 year old paint a hat on the Mona Lisa.
That heritage building is no Mona Lisa. It looks exceedingly generic. So they've added a slab of generic modern architecture to a generic pre-war building. Definitely not sacrilige.
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Old Posted Apr 20, 2014, 2:31 PM
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That heritage building is no Mona Lisa. It looks exceedingly generic. So they've added a slab of generic modern architecture to a generic pre-war building. Definitely not sacrilige.
While I agree that Birks is hardly a Mona Lisa of architecture, saying that it is an "exceedingly generic" pre-war building is also not very accurate. Birks is the original Jeweller's store on Sainte-Catherine, build in 1894, one the grand jewellery store in NA from a period when they certainly build them like they don't anymore. It has no equivalent in Canada, that's for sure. Maybe it would be considered a generic pre-war building in your town, but in Montreal it's a bigger deal.


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IMO This would look better if the top expansion followed the contours of the original building. Or at least rounded the corners.
My thoughts exactly! I hate using this as an example of work "well done" (they demolished an awesome 5 storey department store and will mount the original 3 storey façade back up), but I would prefer if they went with something similar to the Rideau Expansion over the Ogilvy façade.

I hate the expansion, but I like how the modern part over the restored façade is set back and has a curve following the original buildings rounded corner. Note that it won't be "Howells" but "Simons" and it won't be "Ted's" but "Joey's" (I think).


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I think what they've done to the Ritz Carlton works rather well.







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Also well done!
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Maybe it would be considered a generic pre-war building in your town, but in Montreal it's a bigger deal.
The Birks building would be considered a gem in any city. The proposed addition on top just isn't anywhere close to good enough. If they can do that to this building, God help us.
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This is sacrilege. It's like letting a 3 year old paint a hat on the Mona Lisa.
Agree. Barbarians at the gate.
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After Casa 3, Cresford's next development will be 8 Gloucester (at Yonge) Toronto according to BuzzBuzzHome. Launch this year I guess--perhaps aA instead of HPA the architect?
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I drove past the Victoria Park Condominiums the other day. They did remove the tower. The whole upper floor had to be replaced. Too bad.

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20 months from opening, but here is a virtual tour of the new, expanded St. John's Convention Centre.

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Thespec

RBG rock garden plan officially launched
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/44...ally-launched/

Janet Rosenberg knows she's in for a challenge.

Take one of Hamilton and Burlington's most beloved and historic outdoor locations and bring it up to date — without losing any of the charm it's had for 80 years.

And while you're at it, make sure it's exciting enough so that the younger generation will set down their iPhones and iPods long enough to want to get outside for a few hours of fresh air and sun.

Janet Rosenberg and Studio in Toronto has been handed the challenge of updating the landscaping at the RBG's rock garden.

"I am very aware of the importance and historical value of the rock garden," said Rosenberg Tuesday. "That's the beauty of it. It has such a strong heritage."

Rosenberg will be updating the gardens as part of a $20 million plan to upgrade the tourist attraction located just off York Boulevard on the Hamilton-Burlington border.

"It will be like a breath of fresh air," said Rosenberg. "But we are also need to be very respectful. It's something that people hold very dear but it was getting to the point where it wasn't that safe to walk on anymore."

Built in 1930-31 on the site of an abandoned gravel pit, the rock garden was RBG's first major display garden. It has been closed since August as it has been in need of repair.

The aim is to build a new visitors' centre and spruce up the gardens in time for the spring of 2015, said Royal Botanical Gardens CEO Mark Runciman. The RBG's goal is to turn "a 30-minute visit" at the rock garden into a 90-minute visit.

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Here's something from the Ottawa forum. It spans the Ottawa and Gatineau waterfront via Chaudiere Island, an old industrial area. The development was inspired by the Distillery District, The Forks and Granville Island, as well as similar developments around the world. It'll be Canada's most sustainable community when it's done.

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Windmill Developments' The Isles project page has also been updated with some additional information, and a render:

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Here's a rendering from the package. I thought they would include some taller buildings on the Gatineau side, but the Chaudiere Islands have more density than I thought they would. One thing's for sure; there's lots of green space.



These renderings are making me salivate.










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Very cool!
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That looks great! Now I really want to check out the Distillery next time I'm in TO.
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2014, 5:25 PM
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All of the Toronto historic districts are really cool. Kensington Market is my favorite.
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