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Old Posted Dec 6, 2019, 7:34 PM
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The Great Canadian I Am Glad This Never Got Built Thread

Post renderings of projects that never went through in your city that you are glad never got built. Here's a couple of mine.

London Casino: Las Vegas


Tacky and ugly, even by Vegas standards.

Loretto Fallsview: Niagara Falls


We don't need a highrise rendition of Cheesecake Factory Restaurants

West Block Genora: Edmonton



Must I explain myself?

And of course from my city, the legendary Hyatt
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And of course from my city, the legendary Hyatt


Ummmm.........it's still very much alive.

source: https://urbantoronto.ca/


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Ummmm.........it's still very much alive.

source: https://urbantoronto.ca/


.......well that’s unfortunate
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I don't mind it, it boils down to the details and materials.
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Something that thank god wasn't built with something that was.

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Saskatoon dodged some bullets with early proposals for Downtown's south riverfront redevelopment, River Landing. Thankfully much better architecture came to pass.

"Parcel Y", the centerpiece development site of River Landing had several design iterations proposed:

Proposal 1, circa 2005


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Proposal 2, circa 2008


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Proposal 3, circa 2015


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What fortunately came to pass (the tallest and final structure on the site U/C today):


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The River Landing plan also included a site for a new cultural complex/destination on the river, next to Parcel Y. An early concept called for this:


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What we thankfully got was Remai Modern:




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The proposed hotel on the top of Atlantic Place. What was built (the podium and parking garage) is just as offensive, especially given it replaced some of our finest Victorian commercial blocks, but thank God it wasn't this...

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There are so many to choose from in Calgary but these monsters came to mind first:

https://images.app.goo.gl/tNBeHNt4qowCp3aw7
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Also the Calgary tower balls.
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Also the Calgary tower balls.
The Calgary Tower Balls were vomitous but we mustn’t forget this pile!
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Here's Reid Centre that was proposed for Victoria in 1970. As much as I like high-rise buildings, the brutalist architecture and the height of the towers in this location is too much for me. The site remains a parking lot to this day.

There's more about the project in Dorothy Mindenhall's book Unbuilt Victoria - https://www.dundurn.com/books/Unbuilt-Victoria

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The Calgary Tower Balls were vomitous but we mustn’t forget this pile!
Ah thank you for finding that. I was thinking of it but forgot its name.
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Here's Reid Centre that was proposed for Victoria in 1970. As much as I like high-rise buildings, the brutalist architecture and the height of the towers in this location is too much for me. The site remains a parking lot to this day.

There's more about the project in Dorothy Mindenhall's book Unbuilt Victoria - https://www.dundurn.com/books/Unbuilt-Victoria

That would have been bad. A parking lot at least doesn’t ruin the harbour view.
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Horrendous and almost built in Toronto.
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Here's Reid Centre that was proposed for Victoria in 1970. As much as I like high-rise buildings, the brutalist architecture and the height of the towers in this location is too much for me. The site remains a parking lot to this day.

There's more about the project in Dorothy Mindenhall's book Unbuilt Victoria - https://www.dundurn.com/books/Unbuilt-Victoria

Ugly Marina City.
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This belongs here.
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There are so many to choose from in Calgary but these monsters came to mind first:

https://images.app.goo.gl/tNBeHNt4qowCp3aw7
I just remembered Kings on 4th. Is it dead? Please say it's dead. And anything else by LaCaille. Worst. Developer. Ever. Thank god for the downturn.
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oh no that was cancelled? I wouldn't have minded seeing it built. but then again I wouldn't have to see it everyday!
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There are so many to choose from in Calgary but these monsters came to mind first:

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Monsters? They would have been fine additions to the crap that's there now.
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