Calhoun-Isles, Cedar-Riverside, Longfellow, Nokomis, Phillips, Powderhorn, and Southwest
Looks like the rest of the lower street level will be the oxided corrugated steel panels that are also used on the Griard and Lake street sides. Hopefully at this pace the street level will be finished by the end of the month. With the second level amenities level being finished soon there after.
The number of materials used in this project is... interesting (putting politely). It almost as if this was the first building the architect ever designed so they decided to include everything they could think of; and gave no thought to how that would actually tie together.
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The only redeeming aspect of this building are the 4 tall glass angled storefronts facing Girard.
Q. What, what? A. In da butt.
The windows of the apartments on the Girard side should be inset more. Too flat looking and makes the upper part of the building look weak. The Lake Street side is much better and the eclectic facade works pretty well IMO. Agree the angled storefronts are the best aspect of the project.
Walked by this on Lake Street last night. The 2nd floor setback really does a nice job of continuing a solid pedestrian realm all the way to the Cheapo building. Looking forward to seeing the snow melt and having that block of Girard become a neighborhood hotbed for activity this summer.
This hodge podge of a design is a fun idea, but it would have worked out better with just a little more sense of unity in the overall feel of the exterior with higher quality materials. To use Seanrichardryan's term they "cheap out" in areas where this shouldn't happen and it brings the whole thing down aesthetically. BKV has the same problem with their Lake and Knox and Penfield projects.
To compare this to Penfield is...not right. I rather like this building as do others. Penfield, AFAIK, has been universally condemned here.John wrote:BKV has the same problem with their Lake and Knox and Penfield projects.
They now have flashy parking ramp signs that look like something out of the '30's. I kind of like the effect.
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