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SIXO Midtown | 28 + 20? + 12? + ? fl | Proposed
04-06-2016, 12:02 PM
Looks like another proposal that gives no consideration to people walking down King.
04-06-2016, 12:03 PM
I think it's just more renders of the same proposal.
04-06-2016, 12:34 PM
04-06-2016, 04:44 PM
04-06-2016, 05:26 PM
04-06-2016, 07:24 PM
Looks fantastic to me still, maybe not perfect in every way but very creative.
04-06-2016, 07:41 PM
It has been mentioned before but I think moving some of the interior retail from the site so that it's built in to the retaining wall would be a good solution. You still have the same amount of retail but you break up the only really bad part of this design.
04-06-2016, 08:49 PM
Lens, you're right, substituting a concrete retaining wall for some kind of use would be an improvement over the concept renderings we've seen. But I think an emphasis should be put on "concept": I doubt what we've seen on SSP will be much like what is eventually built.
04-06-2016, 09:28 PM
Link to this topic on SSP.
Some of the other threads can be fairly combative so be warned. There are a lot of geographically insecure people there.
04-07-2016, 07:16 AM
Personally, I think this looks like a condo crossed with a shopping mall crossed with a cruise ship. It looks terribly dysfunctional from a streetscape point of view. Also, the style doesn't fit our downtown at all - it seems like something from Vancouver.
Hopefully this gets some more revisions before construction starts....
04-07-2016, 07:33 AM
(04-07-2016, 07:16 AM)REnerd Wrote: It looks terribly dysfunctional from a streetscape point of view. Also, the style doesn't fit our downtown at all - it seems like something from Vancouver.
What is the "style" of downtwon kitchener, boarded up plywood? Seriously, I do not think this is out of place right right across the street to the modern looking new Google building, on the other side of the tracks to the equally modern School of Pharmacy and a few short blocks away from 1 Victoria, Kitchener City Hall and City Centre, not to mention the forthcoming Transit Hub there.
I like that is modern. mixed usage, and airy. The project has some flaws (e.g. the wall) but it is clearly an improvement over what was there and quite in line with the surrounding architecture.
It does seem exactly like a cruise ship. And I strongly dislike it. My primary concern is that there doesn't seem to be a sidewalk connection through the site due to the access ramps off King forcing pedestrians to divert significantly into the site or onto that second level.
04-07-2016, 07:37 AM
04-07-2016, 07:56 AM
I don’t mind the aesthetics. To be honest, I don’t really care: my tastes will change, and so will everyone else’s. Buildings hopefully stand for a while, and it’s impossible to know what people a generation from now will consider charming, or tasteless. This style would be new for Kitchener, but that’s not a bad thing.
It has very poor street presence, however. Can someone explain why it couldn’t excavated to avoid the need for a retaining wall? I’m not suggesting lowering a vast part of the site, but excavating near King to allow for something useful to front the sidewalk.
04-07-2016, 08:31 AM
I suspect that the eventual development will address the retaining wall issue. As far as I know, what we're looking at so far is one of several concepts for the eventual development. What finally gets built may bear little or no ressemblance....
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