We first saw this project in mid 2012, and again at the start of 2013. Below is what we believe is the final version, with approved permits for all three towers. Aquilini Developments are developing the towers to wrap the edges of the Rogers Arena.
The first tower – the West Tower – has just completed and tenants are moving in. It’s a hybrid office and rental residential building, designed by B&H Architects. As the model below shows it once featured some minimal colour in the dividers between balconies. Even this has disappeared in the finished product, leaving a large, and somewhat unremitting mass of green-tinged spandrel glass.
The curved designs for the all residential South Tower, by Walter Francl (on the left) pick up on the curved aspect of this first tower, proposed some years ago by Busby Associates and revised by B+H Architects. Like the newly completed tower, office uses are intended for the lower floors of the third tower at the front of this model. The upper parts and the third tower will be residential. All the 614 units will be rental, and while the developer would like to have added a fourth tower as well, the city’s planners did not support that idea.
Obviously if the decision is made to remove the viaducts, the context will change, especially for the all residential tower (on the left of the cluster) which is already under construction. These three towers will be the first of a number in this area, with development sites also owned by both Concord Pacific and the rezoning of thePlaza of Nations.