brianmac

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Yeah, individually (mainly in renders) they all looked half-decent. As a collection they don't exactly seem like a 1,2,3 deal - not to mention they're incredibly boring. Luckily with One Bloor and The One we'll get some quality in there.

In the cluster's defense, I feel like it looks better in person. I'm always impressed walking up Church and seeing the groupings together. Agreed there is a little bit of sameness with the balconies, yet it works. The above photo might not be the most flattering, when you see them more offset, stacked up, there is a density that is quite appealing.
 

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Yeesh, that Casa cluster could sure use some brick or stone.

One issue with Casa's glass box style with fully transparent balconies is that the balcony doors appear as a darker shade of grey. They're seemingly randomly placed along the facade, giving the building a messy and unfinished look from a distance.

In fact, the random balcony doors scattered along the facade look similar to the random missing glass balcony railings on One Bloor East, except that the missing railings will eventually be installed on One Bloor East. When completed, One Bloor East will be a stunning focal point for the area, shifting the focus away from Casa and the monotony of the adjacent glass boxes.
 

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It is indeed very disappointing, but I thought lobby will remain this way. What else needs to be finished? It is not much of a lobby anyway, most smaller buildings in the area have larger and more impressive lobby.

Here are some photos of the lobby/entrance:
http://eventscape.com/portfolio/one-bloor-condos/

The LED lighting is very bright and harsh, which feels very retail store-like and not as dramatic and refined as depicted in the marketing rendering.
This overly-trendy interior will look dated and tired very quickly and would be very expensive to remodel in the future.
I agree that it's rather small and narrow, not-so inviting and lacking a luxury feel/quality that you would expect in a condo or address like this.
 

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Here are some photos of the lobby/entrance:
http://eventscape.com/portfolio/one-bloor-condos/

The LED lighting is very bright and harsh, which feels very retail store-like and not as dramatic and refined as depicted in the marketing rendering.
This overly-trendy interior will look dated and tired very quickly and would be very expensive to remodel in the future.
I agree that it's rather small and narrow, not-so inviting and lacking a luxury feel/quality that you would expect in a condo or address like this.

And it doens't attempt to speak the same design vocabulary as the building either (granted it's by a different interior design firm) - which would have been the greatest asset.

AoD
 

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Quite like the lobby. Reflects the colouring of the building and is a memorable way into the building.
 

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I also like the design. I think that it looks interesting but also serves as a strong visual distraction and draws attention away from the elevator corridor being excessively narrow. I dislike more the space of the the concierge desk. It is exceptionally small, and it seems that these white curves are much flatter than they are on the renderings. They also appear to be more glossy on the renderings. I would prefer to see something more dramatic and glossier. Design has to stand out to compensate for the small space.

Foyer is the first impression of the inside of the building and thus is important. It should set that distinction between the outside and the inside; psychologically it gives an instant impression of what it is like to be in this building. I also think that functionally it should be an amenity, a place where you could wait for a visitor or taxi, in a comfortable and relaxing ambiance. The importance of the first impression was apparently understood when the sales office was set up. When I walked in I liked how things were presented, including colours and "virtual pool." There was this ambiance recreated that made me want to buy a condo here. And now I see that in reality it is so different. I was expecting something amazing and luxurious but it feels small, hectic and crowded. There are only 4 chairs and eventually will be so many more people waiting for elevators.
 
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Those who like the lobby, have you seen it in person? It just looks cheap and just not up to par. It also doesn't really match anything. The corridors are completely different. The units do not share the same theme. Just a very odd design. It's also tiny. You really have to be in there to realize how ridiculous it looks.

The board is going to change it eventually. I have no doubt.
 

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One thing the board will not be able to change is the space available. I am wondering if originally more space was planned for the foyer and then given to retail instead. (I understand this is what happened with parking.) As for the flower motif, I understand that such a prominent design cannot appeal to everyone but I have observed many amateur photosessions going on using the design as background and positive comments. I think there is a cultural difference also in how it is perceived. Certainly it is nothing like neutral color stone and glass as in most North American buildings. Stronger likes and dislikes are expected when it is so different.

PS It is the corridors that are lacking design. They simply use the same carpet and front doors as in X2. Not a surprise that there is mismatch.
 
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One thing the board will not be able to change is the space available. I am wondering if originally more space was planned for the foyer and then given to retail instead. (I understand this is what happened with parking.) As for the flower motif, I understand that such a prominent design cannot appeal to everyone but I have observed many amateur photosessions going on using the design as background and positive comments. I think there is a cultural difference also in how it is perceived. Certainly it is nothing like neutral color stone and glass as in most North American buildings. Stronger likes and dislikes are expected when it is so different.

PS It is the corridors that are lacking design. They simply use the same carpet and front doors as in X2. Not a surprise that there is mismatch.

Yes, I notice it's the same design of X2 which I don't mind too much. I've always seen One Bloor as an X2 on steroids. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

I'm completely fine with something different in the corridors and the lobby. I just don't think it works here. I also don't know if a white floor is the best thing either. It's always dirty (obviously).

With the size they could have really gone with something interesting and well done. I'm hoping the amenities look better.
 

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Today:
I love em both.

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