Question: How do you drop a huge high-rise and mid-rise mixed-use development (with 5 buildings and nearly 1000 residential units) into the middle of one of the most vibrant, (primarily low-rise) communities/streetscapes in the city... without destroying it?
Presumably, lots of neighbourhood consulting and then hire Westbank + Henriquez Partners to sculpt buildings articulated with different massing and materials, add the generous public space to the south, and then ensure everything meets, animates and actually improves this already great eating, shopping, hanging out with a beer and a book nabe.
Just imagine what a disastrous, neighbourhood-destroying barnacle this might have been in most other hands (like Pemberbum… shudders).
Walked by it today and it just looks absolutely fantastic. The finished product is going to blow everything out of the water, no doubt about that. The amount of utter junk built in this city in the past 20 years is horrifying. Westbank doesn't eff around.