We first saw this project in mid 2012, and again at the start of 2013. Below is what we believe is the final version, with approved permits for all three towers. Aquilini Developments are developing the towers to wrap the edges of the Rogers Arena.
The first tower – the West Tower – was completed in August 2015. It’s a hybrid office and rental residential building, designed by B&H Architects. As the model below shows it once featured some minimal colour in the dividers between balconies. Even this has disappeared in the finished product, leaving a large, and somewhat unremitting mass of green-tinged spandrel glass.
The curved designs for the all residential South Tower, by Walter Francl just completing in mid 2017 pick up, and dramatically improve on, the curved aspect of this first tower, proposed some years ago by Busby Associates and revised by B+H Architects.
Once again the small areas of colour that were once a feature of the project have disappeared. However, the sinuous curves and the wood detailing under the tower (which is elevated on angled concrete columns) make the tower far more interesting.
The area underneath the tower is part of the emergency exit area around the Arena, so the tower has a minimal presence at ground level, with some beds of native species but significant areas of paving.
Like the newly completed tower, office uses are intended for the lower floors of the third tower at 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 once the viaducts have gone, the context will change, especially for the south tower (the all residential tower on the left of the cluster shown above). These three towers will be the first of a number in this area, with development sites also owned by both Concord Pacific and the rezoning of the Plaza of Nations.