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Kenstone is reviving the proposal for the Murray Hotel site at 1155 Hornby street. This was fell thru the cracks during the economic crisis. Henriquez and Partners are still the architects. I like the project and look forward to seeing it progress.
I like most of it but I really don't like how much architectural concrete is used on the North facade, given that it is never going to be blocked by a building due to the Murray hotel being right in front of it.
I know Hornby is one way going the other direction, but plenty of pedestrians will still be walking south on Hornby and will see that half treated facade.
The design is indeed ugly, but I am happy to see 20fl being proposed on this currently dead piece of land. I think that height is pretty good for this location, but the design could be something similar to The Canadian (
1068 Hornby Street), which has nice podium design.
I personally like the first scheme mainly because its not another boring point tower with a townhouse base.
I kind of agree, though I would prefer something closer to the second scheme. I'm not against the tower, more against the 2-storey townhouses. That section should match the height of the Murray Hotel, like how the north section abuts the Hotel.
personally dislike the townhome style on a downtown street, but if they're "flex" commercial/residential units, they could add an interesting element to the area. overall, these renderingss instill much more confidence in the development, thanks for posting.