Well if this is suppose to introduce the brand to Toronto and Canada they’ve absolutely failed.It’s not the building, it’s the Nobu brand that carries so much value. I’m excited for this.
That second photo above is claustrophobia inducing---Dystopic even. Not at all inviting.and a terrible exercise in urban planning. The buildings are jammed in as tightly as any NYC street and all with no rules for allowing sunlight in. It looks like lower Manhattan without any set-back/step-back rules applied; side by side by side Equitable Buildings. I would, and have, visited Lower Broadway but I will never venture back to this area.
Shows how people's preferences can vary, because I enjoy the street for what it is (barring the potential pedestrianised shopping street this should have been, lost opportunity but unrelated to density!) Obviously should remember preferences are ones own, and they don't make good policy and lead to over regulation (think every detached house neighborhood ever). Just as this street exists in a dense manor, you can walk a block or two over and find open space or a wide boulevard. Walk a few more find warehouses and townhomes. Not every street should be like this one, but this one is neat because its different. Diversity in build form is what makes cities interesting.
This is not in defence of the building btw, I'm still very icked by the material downgrades made to a 'flagship product.'