We first featured this controversial contemporary office project in January. Initially listed as a Development Permit Board candidate for March 2015, this proposed tower created a significant volume of commentary when it was first revealed.
The Urban Design Panel reviewed it and suggested some changes: not to the mass or the tower concept, but to the ground plane and the way the tower relates to the station (in the same ownership as the site, currently a parking lot). Now they have had a workshop review of the project with the architects, and there’s a clearer idea of how it should be changed to better fit the site – between the CPR station, and next to ‘The Landing’ – the former Kelly-Douglas warehouse on Water Street.
The workshop suggested a revised scheme should see the tower move back on the site, and possibly closer to (and perhaps emerging from) the back – north side – of the station building.
The architects are Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill from Chicago, and the lead architect is Laura Jiminez working with Gordon Gill, with local input from B+H Architecture. (Adrian Smith addressed the Urban Design Panel, so both partners are involved). The first version was for a 26-storey office tower of nearly 400,000 s sq ft. It will be interesting to see what the next version looks like.