The cutout makes the building. Looking at it from the DVP heading south give it the illusion that it's insanely slim with an incredible stepped top.I think if the Selby didn't have that cutout area, it would look incredible. I love the inset minimalist balconies, the square proportions, the brick. The cutout is just out of place IMO. An unnecessary stylistic touch that brings the building down unfortunately.
As for Via, I really dislike the cladding..
As for Via, I like the cladding for the west tower. The east is a hot mess.