Originally Posted by Uhuniau
Other than the obligatory but pointless "plaza" out front, that would be OK.
I know where you're coming from, but depending on the context, these plazas need not be 'pointless'. An example of a good plaza is at the World Exchange Centre, where their plaza is extremely well used, and adds much to the CBD. A good plaza at a condo development is the one at Hudson Park, which provides setback to allow the condo-dwellers better views, and non-condo dwellers better views of the rather good-looking buildings.
However, ugly & pointless plazas do abound in this city (ex: Bank of Montreal building - is it a plaza, or surface parking for those who make enough money to thumb their nose at the rest of us; the plaza at Bank/Sparks/Wellington, which despite its potential has been underwhelmingly developed/cared for and is effectively a stark blank open space).
My point is that the plaza is not ipso facto bad, but that plaza design would be essential at the Rideau/King Edward intersection to make sure that this would add rather than detract from surface-level activity.