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Old August 23rd, 2017, 11:17 PM   #501
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Originally Posted by NvKlear View Post
Yeah I've been living on Oswald Street for over 10 years so I guess I'm a bit bias but I've never felt it's that 'edgy'. I might make out it is though on occasion in order to sound edgy, urban and cool

I think unfortunately the area still suffers from the historic association as the 'Red light' district which I don't think is really a big 'thing' now.
Surely still current. I walked through there last month after midnight, and I had to bat away at least three offers of business on Argyle Street between Hope St and Wellington St.

But presumably what keeps that around is the lack of through traffic/eyeballs right there. More windows on the street from the new hotel might change that a bit, shift the late-night business around a little.
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I've only had that happen to me once when I worked on Douglas Street and left work late one night. Occasionally see friends of the night, but I'm not generally in this part of town too late.
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Old August 24th, 2017, 11:27 AM   #503
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It used to be the part of town where the police more or less turned a blind eye in order to keep it contained in one area, and one that most people wouldn't notice since it's so dead at night. But that changed a few years ago.

It used to be hellish when I was walking home from a late shift, but it's nothing like it used to be.
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Minus one tower crane on the skyline this weekend.

Cool bit of kit here

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Old September 8th, 2017, 02:50 PM   #505
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Originally Posted by Roddy_ View Post
"The physician can bury his mistakes,—but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines"
Frank Lloyd Wright

A window cleaner's gantry to top off this beauty in front of the roof plant screeening.
I think vines would improve this markedly.
Was passing by this morning so checked in on progress and though I’m normally loath to pass judgement on a building until it is properly finished, this has fallen into my stinker category.

Where the hell did the clip on window cleaning gantry come from? That’s not present at all in the 3D visualisations submitted for planning and yet it is now having a major aesthetic impact on the building and not in a good way. It screams ‘afterthought’. By anyone’s measure such an clearly un-planned / undesigned / tail-wagging-dog intervention is what is known in the architectural professional as a “f**k-up”.

Oh dearie me.

And then the clunky transition from curve to straight on the main facade. That’s been bugging me ever since the original scheme was published but it is worse seeing it built in three dimensions as it looks so abrupt. Getting the setting out of that geometric transition right really isn't that difficult especially in CAD so how’d they get it so wrong? The resolution is so inelegant.

Never thought I’d have to suggest this but as the building has a vaguely post-modernist vibe going on perhaps, before putting pen to paper, the architects should have looked at Helmut Jahn’s work such as the Post Tower in Bonn or the Bahntower at Potsdammer Platz in Berlin or even the now rather un-fashionable Westendstraße 1 in Frankfurt by Kohn Pedersen Fox for how to pull off this sort of composition way more effectively?
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