399 East 1st Avenue

399-e-1st-v2Onni have completed their artists live/work project on Great Northern Way called Canvas. Last summer they submitted a four building development application for a site close by, part of the University Campus rezoning.

399 E1st renderThe initial proposal was for four buildings – two 13 and 15 storey live-work buildings with retail at grade and a total of 220 units, a 15 storey hotel with 199 rooms and a 7 storey office building.  The Urban Design Panel didn’t support the design (right), so now there’s a revised design (the model shown above). The design rationale offered by the architects, IBI, proposes to use colours from a Rubik’s cube and references digital art like Douglas Coupland’s digital orca (at the Convention Centre).

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