Onni 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.
The 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).