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Old Posted Feb 23, 2012, 6:57 PM
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1050 Somerset St | 73 m | 23 fl | Proposed

Claridge has decided to propose a tower with some design merit. Commercial at grade along Somerset and live/work units backing onto the school yard with their own public pathway. Lots of sidewalk space and raised landscaping.

http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/...appId=__81BPAA

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New development applications make my day!
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And look, it's also 28fl. The new standard for condo development, it seems.
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2012, 2:29 AM
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Don't know about their claims of a "compact floor plate," it looks like a BIG tower to me
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Nice! It looks interesting and should make a cool landmark along the O-Train spine

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Don't know about their claims of a "compact floor plate," it looks like a BIG tower to me
Their definition of "compact" likely means that the tower doesn't fill the entire footprint (lot line to lot line).
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2012, 4:53 AM
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ahhh claridge. my grandchildren will marvel at the 28 story carpet of towers you are laying across the city.

it looks exactly like the Desmarais building at Ottawa U but twice as tall. How original.
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It looks exactly like the Desmarais building at Ottawa U but twice as tall. How original.
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This was my first though as well!!

While most of us appreciate a subtle nod to famous/significant architecture or architects... (See: PanAm Building in NYC and a dozen others modeled in it's light, or Sears Tower in Chicago, or anything that had FL Wright or Starck influences) however, THIS is bordering on design plagiarism and it's almost embarrassing.
While i agree the building is somewhat appealing, you can't recreate a building, add floors and balconies and call it new. In another city, this might go unnoticed, but 10 blocks away!?!

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Personally, I'd rather see this "clone" than something like Claridge Plaza V & VI...
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Personally, I'd rather see this "clone" than something like Claridge Plaza V & VI...
You bite your tongue!!
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I really like the proposal. Based on the diagrams, it will be harder for Claridge to come out with a cheapened finished product than some of their other recent buildings. Will this building actually have floor-to-ceiling windows and glass-insert balcony railings?
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This was my first though as well!!

While most of us appreciate a subtle nod to famous/significant architecture or architects... (See: PanAm Building in NYC and a dozen others modeled in it's light, or Sears Tower in Chicago, or anything that had FL Wright or Starck influences) however, THIS is bordering on design plagiarism and it's almost embarrassing.
While i agree the building is somewhat appealing, you can't recreate a building, add floors and balconies and call it new. In another city, this might go unnoticed, but 10 blocks away!?!

What do you mean ten blocks away? This is in Kitchissippi; far away from the Desmarais Building.
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What do you mean ten blocks away? This is in Kitchissippi; far away from the Desmarais Building.
Well it could be 10 blocks, depending on what you consider a block!
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At least they chose a nice building to plagiarize from
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Not hugely impressed or offended by the design. It is what it is.
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We could go back to 1992 with 1250 Rene Levesque in MTL for inspiration as well....
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^ I wish someone would plagiarize THAT in Centretown. Verbatim.
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i think the developers are waiting until diane holmes is committed to the Royal Ottawa before they propose anything that big.
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also similar to the Soho Champagne

same architect, different builder, not far from each other
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Don't mind it above the five floor mark, the lack of originality notwithstanding. What I do have an issue with is the crap at ground floor. They blew off the recommendation of the CDP to make the podium two to three stories. They've put in pointlessly large setbacks, and they've brought the visual height of the glass frontage way to high. A five story glass atrium is not human scaled, and doesn't fit in well with the street character of Hintonburg at all.

Drop the podium to a total height of three stories and bring it out to the traditional streetfron. Give the first floor big long horizontal glass, and then on the next two stories have more traditional feeling windows. It'll do wonders for making the building seem less imposing from street level.
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