We first saw Meccanica three years ago when it was heading to the Urban Design Panel. A Cressey development designed by Rafii Architects, the 170 unit condo tower and mid rise sits on the former Buster’s towing spot, at the corner of Quebec and East 1st Ave to the west of First Place, (the non-market housing project in the background).
Unlike Rafii’s other SEFC scheme for Cressey (James), the project has an industrial simplicity. Like many other SEFC projects there’s some applied colour – in this case blue – although perhaps a bit less than the render suggested.
Originally the project had a townhouse base, but that was revised to introduce a showroom and light industrial uses for the vehicle manufacturer recently located on the site. Intermeccanica have manufactured a replica Porsche classic sports car for over 50 years, and supposedly return (once the final sales have been completed).