We first saw this project in an earlier design in mid 2012, and again at the start of the year. Here’s what we believe is the final version, with approved development permits for all three towers. Aquilini Developments are developing the towers to wrap the edges of the Rogers Arena. The curved designs by Walter Francl (on the left and at the back) pick up on the design of the first tower proposed some years ago by Busby Associates and revised by B+H Architects – in the foreground. Office uses are intended for the lower floors of the tower at the back, and the one in the front of this model. The upper parts and the third tower will be residential. All the 614 units will be rental, and while the developer would like to have added a fourth tower as well, the city’s planners did not support that idea.
Obviously if the decision is made to remove the viaducts, the context will change, especially for the all residential tower (on the left). These three towers will be the first of a cluster in this area, with development sites also owned by both Concord Pacific and the rezoning of the Plaza of Nations.