I wanted to restart Fenwick's discussion on modern architecture for a momment.
There has been a lot of discussion about the evolution of International Place; from it's original project diagrams to a more modern steel/glass construction. What I want to focus on is the old proposal for a minute; or at least a component of it.
As I believe myself (and a few others pointed out) on the old proposal; on the podium component (I believe Barrington Street side); there are these steel slanted archiectual features - almost a roof; but using steel cross beams.
They are used a lot in Vancouver and i've always thought that make a building look very interesting and are a great accent feature. We've talked about 'the feel' of Halifax and we don't seem to agree that there is any one style for Halifax; but I'd like to see more of these features pop up on buildings.
This is a streetview link of Robson Street in Vancouver (just west of the Library) and as you go up and down the street - you can see many of the newer buildings have these features in various shapes and styles.
I really like them - as they can be great to incorporate signage into and also provide some shelter (to a certain extent).