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Old Posted Jun 6, 2012, 9:21 PM
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There are full renderings now and it has changed a lot since the original concepts. Just to kill any craziness early this will not be a ground breaking design, just a clean crisp renovation of the existing structure.

It wont win any design awards but it will look worlds better than what currently exists.

Thanks for that little update, LeftCoaster.

A question please: WHERE can one one access these renderings? (... and you arre So right: just about anything would look better than what's there now)!
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Well guys, since I know a lot of you here are budding architects or at the very least very serious armchair architecutre critics I thought it might be interesting to see what you can come up with for this project. I'll lay out some ground rules in terms of design and those who want to participate are free to either write, give examples or preferably draw their ideas.

As a little incentive if anything is truly great and feasible it may find its way into the final design

The Building must:
  • Maintain the current structure
  • Allow for mixed use (ie retail on bottom, hotel/office etc on top)
  • Be mindful of its neighbours
  • Be somewhat conservative, due to the likely tenants
  • Work within a realistic budget!!
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Old Posted Jun 6, 2012, 9:28 PM
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Thanks for that little update, LeftCoaster.

A question please: WHERE can one one access these renderings? (... and you arre So right: just about anything would look better than what's there now)!
The renderings are not yet public, and likely won't be until the project moves to approval stages, although given its Nov 1st start date that should be expedited form the normal timeline for a project of this size.
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4- A radical-looking design can still be functionally-conservative
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exactly, hence why I love department stores in Japan.
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I'm not talking functionally conservative, I'm taking aesthetically. If you look at the list of rumoured tenants here and their other stores you would see that they prefer a more simple elegant look than a more daring look.

Doesn't mean you still cant have fun or create a beautiful building, just needs to be a little more toned down than some of the architecture that gets posted in the designs to inspire Vancouver thread.

And hey this is a public thread, you can do whatever you like! All im saying is that in order to propose something that is more palpable it would be wise to err on the side of conservative.
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yes, but this is also a building located at potentially the most prominent intersection of our primary entertainment district, so would it not make sense to have some "daring" (for Vancouver, not other cities around the world) lighting / sign / screen features along its Granville and potentially Robson facades?

I have seen many high end department stores / retailers do just that throughout Europe and Asia.
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i find most of hed kandi's posted examples to be super tacky.

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I'm not talking functionally conservative, I'm taking aesthetically. If you look at the list of rumoured tenants here and their other stores you would see that they prefer a more simple elegant look than a more daring look.... All im saying is that in order to propose something that is more palpable it would be wise to err on the side of conservative.

On the other hand, here is a boring conservative brand in Almere, Netherlands (population 170,000)


And one in Vancouver:

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If I design something and it makes it into the final design do you cut me a cheque or name something after me?
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Sure, I'll name the couch in my living room after you.

It's quite a nice couch.
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Well guys, since I know a lot of you here are budding architects or at the very least very serious armchair architecutre critics I thought it might be interesting to see what you can come up with for this project. I'll lay out some ground rules in terms of design and those who want to participate are free to either write, give examples or preferably draw their ideas.

As a little incentive if anything is truly great and feasible it may find its way into the final design

The Building must:
  • Maintain the current structure
  • Allow for mixed use (ie retail on bottom, hotel/office etc on top)
  • Be mindful of its neighbours
  • Be somewhat conservative, due to the likely tenants
  • Work within a realistic budget!!

Voila!




And we'll name it after JLo to boot!




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It's nice, but certainly doesn't fit within the last of the criteria

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i find most of hed kandi's posted examples to be super tacky.




On the other hand, here is a boring conservative brand in Almere, Netherlands (population 170,000)


And one in Vancouver:
Well sure I don't see anything wrong with that. I was merely trying to sway people from suggesting some of the more outlandish things we see on this site sometimes, the neon pink pickles and the coruscant rejects etc...
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The Building must:
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Mmmmm.... do I smell a government tenancy there?
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on a busy street ....

Having once stayed a few days at the st. Moritz hotel in NY, I noticed that on the "dining room/bar" side of the hotel, which faces directly onto Sixth Ave with its fleets of taxis and traffic, the entire effect of that for the interior was elegantly mitigated with the use of stained glass windows, using (presumably fairly thick) glass which was bevelled at the design joints in the window.

Now I'm not saying , do that here, do that to this project. Not at all. I'm simply reflecting on the use of window glass at street level with a busy street (such as Howe St) facing onto it..... Just an idea. I doubt I'll ever see that here.
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More Sears design makeover inspiration - this time from Seoul.



Source:http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...1396002&page=5
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Better than what's there now, I guess ........... but a bit too "busy" for my taste.
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Interesting... that's not too far off what is being worked on right now, although it is more the shape of the existing but with those types of solar shades and glazing.
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Interesting... that's not too far off what is being worked on right now, although it is more the shape of the existing but with those types of solar shades and glazing.


Do you know when any public renderings will be available? I'm sure a lot of people are curious. Thanx.
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If Sears is going to be retrofitted, I'd like it to look something like this.


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If they aren't changing the shape, the obvious change would be to add depth and texture.
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