We first featured this controversial contemporary office project in January 2015, and reposted six months later. Now there’s a new version of this office proposal on the way – although there are no images yet, so we’re leaving the earlier version here for now. The Heritage Commission (who supported the first version) will be discussing the new proposal in mid-May.
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). They had a workshop review of the project with the architects, and there was 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 new version takes this into account, rotating the tower by 90 degrees and moving it behind the station to make the plaza larger. (One day it might be a road link to the development opportunity over the tracks to the north).
The architects a remain as Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill from Chicago, with the lead architect 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.