Heritage structure essentially destroyed except for two token elevations? Check.
Inelegant massing and design with no relationship to said heritage "structure"? Check.
Hot mess of spandrel, heavy-handed use of mullions and overall cheap plasticky appearance? Checkmate.
Another architectural failure from Kirkor, and general planning failure overall. At this rate we're going to become overrun with regrettable second-rate architecture, with the entirety of our Victorian street fronts reduced to nothing more than token facades worn like a creepy mask made out someone's skin. Grim.
Good point regarding solar gain. Forgot about that. But regarding insulation. Is it not the same insulation system used for other panes of glas? I figured one pane was just opaque versus the vision pane, but the brackets and mounting and insulating technology were identical.