Originally Posted by The_Architect
I'm just waiting for the final render to come out being the exact same with very minor tweaks.. "See!! That wasn't the final rendering!". Yeah.. well it's still just as bad.
Face it, if the final design is completely different in as many ways as needed with 90 Harbour and 501 Yonge, they never would release a render that looks like that. If anything, it will be roughly the same with minor differences.
If you've been following the Toronto proposals over the past few years this is par for the coarse. They show the scale, floor plate and a few design elements which may or may not be part of the final design. They submit it to the city, the city comments and they then have their architect create a finalized design. When the city says no to that they head to the OMB.
From the last meeting where the design panel saw the same render.
Here are some recommendations they gave to the developer to consider before the next meeting for approval.
1) Show how the building links to the existing and proposed context and streetscape.
2) Come back with deliberate analysis of how the building responds to York Street. Do not create a pinch point.
3) Stronger consideration of the appropriate distance between the residential towers and the office tower should be given.
4) Study the potential East Side connection through the block.
5) Study the response and connection from Union Station
6) Study the location of the Path
7) Top of the building needs development.
8) Stronger architectural solution for the towers
9) Study the potential to create a more sustainable building, including thermal breaks on the balconies.