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I've always wondered what the glass treatment would have been though. Probably that reflective bronze glass like on Rocky Mountain Plaza. The whole tower would act like a huge mirror to the south, superheating the asphalt in the roads during the summer.
"That's the most passive-aggressive, hall monitor bullshit I've heard yet." -freeweed
Edmonton and Calgary had some doosies that were scrapped....both skylines would be significantly different if they had come to pass.
At one point the Ghermezian brothers were talking about building an 85 storey tower in Edmonton. I've never seen the rendering, but the initial concept drawing was something along the lines of the Sunlife building in Calgary.
^correct...it was to be part of the city centre mall...4 x 50 storey and then an 85 storey. But there is a lot more to the storey than meets the eye. The city gave massive tax concessions to the Ghermezian's to get the city centre mall going with the "promise" of these towers...and yet to the best of my knowledge, there were no structural considerings for any of them.
"The destructive effects of automobiles are much less a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building" - Jane Jacobs 1961ish
85 would be crazy in Calgary, but it would look much more out of place in Edmonton since it would be 200m taller than the next tallest, it would only be a little more than 100m taller than the Bow (which is still huge of course).
I'm slightly bummed Edmonton never did get it's 85 floor, 1000' tall tower at the NW corner of 101 St. and 102 Ave directly across the street from Manulife Place that would have been sweet!
And you are right, there are no structural considerations for the towers above Eaton Centre aka City Centre West, because the final draft scrapped the planned office towers for just a hotel tower and condo buildings I believe, though the latter would be built where the parkade would be, so that could in theory anyway, be easily demolished and rebuilt for towers... if a new parkade was built on the empty lot to the north...
The Airport Overlay is another issue entirely. The height limit in downtown seems to be rather abitrary because it already is exempt from the vicinity limit the rest of the city within this zone is limited to... So in theory the city could lobby Transport Canada for an exemption to raise the figure, right?