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Old May 19th, 2005, 12:22 AM   #21
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Awesome. Is the Kodak tower the one that looks kinda like Calgary Tower? I don't love it, but couldn't they keep it and build beside it? Maybe offere a different view of the Falls?
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Old May 19th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #22
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Old May 19th, 2005, 02:51 AM   #23
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Looks like a shorter version of Langham place to me
Should be terrific.

Langham Place in Hong Kong is 255m (80th tallest in the world)
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Old May 19th, 2005, 03:26 AM   #24
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The tower looks alright and it'll be amazing seeing it soar over Niagara Falls skyline. If the tower ends up being as nice as Langham, I'll be happy.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 04:41 AM   #25
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Looks great. The american side is a dump. Good job canada.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 01:38 AM   #26
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Old June 1st, 2005, 02:27 AM   #27
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the look is gonna be great from the top floor. nice structure
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 05:50 AM   #28
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Wow!!! That rendering is freakin' awesome. Pity the American side can't seem to get its act together.

Wait a minute!! What the heck am I thinking??? I totally forgot that Niagara Falls is in New York State--and for anything of that size or magnitude to actually get built--would take--with the help of the fine, fine politicians there, in excess of 100 years to even get to the "proposal" stage. But, then again, it sure would stand out against all of that garish architecture in downtown NF's.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 06:40 AM   #29
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such an UGLY tower
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 06:43 AM   #30
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Yeah, that is pretty ugly. It looks like something from Shanghai or Dubai or something.

I would look so much better without the weird top and the green glass. What is up with green glass?
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 08:16 AM   #31
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a cool real estate property.. need I say
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 10:36 AM   #32
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SUPERB!!!
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:27 PM   #33
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It looks alright.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:28 PM   #34
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yeah looks ok i guess
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:38 PM   #35
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I don't think it matches well with the waterfalls...what are they thinking?
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:57 PM   #36
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nice project
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 06:41 AM   #37
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I think the falls are becoming vegas Jr more and more
impressive
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Old June 4th, 2005, 03:09 PM   #38
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Build it...

and yes the US side is a "dump" compare to Canada's side of N. Falls.

Compare US's side



to Canada's side









and to both side of the skylines



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Old June 4th, 2005, 06:15 PM   #39
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Niagara gets an Eiffel to call its own
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Things are looking up in Niagara Falls, way up.

Last week, local councillors approved a 229-metre (755-ft.) tower on an important site overlooking the Niagara River and the falls.

The proposed 48-storey skyscraper, the Rainbow Tower, will be the tallest building in Niagara Falls. It will house a restaurant, hotel, an observation deck and other amenities. The $130 million structure, which will also serve as an entrance to Casino Niagara, will replace the Kodak Tower.

"There are occasions for towers," design architect Michael Kirkland says, "and this is one of them."

Kirkland's firm landed the project only a year ago after he was asked by the owners of the property, Canadian Niagara Hotels, to do a critique on an earlier scheme. One thing led to another and, Kirkland explains, soon he had taken on the job himself.

But before he could accept the commission, Kirkland had to declare a conflict of interest. He also happens to be chair of the City of Niagara Falls architectural peer review panel. That body advises civic council on all development projects in Niagara Falls taller than 10 storeys.

"The panel doesn't have statutory power," Kirkland explains. "It provides an analysis of whether various proposals meet the city's policies and advises city council."

As he points out, it's not unusual for members of such bodies to work in the city on whose design panels they serve. It happens most notably in Vancouver, where a similar group sits in judgment of all would-be developments.

Kirkland argues that by going so high, the new tower will acquire iconic status in the city of Niagara Falls. According to the designer, it will bring the community into the 21st century and add a much-needed note of architectural sophistication to the area.

Preliminary drawings show a tall, thin tower whose shaft is enlivened by different exterior treatments. The hotel will be visibly distinct from the observation tower, as if the Rainbow were two buildings in one. Towards the top, the south-facing facade has been chamfered to allow for unobstructed head-on views of the falls.

Halfway up, a restaurant will cantilever in spectacular fashion over the edge of the building. At the top, a spa/recreation centre will feature a glass-walled pool that also overlooks the falls.

"The tower is the signature element of a new round of revitalization on the Canadian Niagara Hotels site," Kirkland says. "It accepts its role as an icon unabashedly. It's going to be highly visible so the question is whether or not it's elegant. What it says is, 'This is an exceptional building on an exceptional site.'"

Though not quite as tall as the 300-metre Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Rainbow will stand out in equally dramatic fashion.

Compared to the Sheraton Centre, the traditional mid-rise slab next door, Kirkland's addition is not only much higher but slimmer, too. The idea behind such point towers, as they're known, is that because they're so thin, they don't clutter the skyline. They have become popular in cities around the world, including Toronto, where Kirkland is based, and Vancouver, where the big concern is to maintain view-corridors.

As Kirkland makes clear, when it comes to towers, the real issue isn't so much height as how they meet the street. That means the crucial factor is what's going on at ground level, which is where people passing by experience the building, this is what we see and where we enter.

The Rainbow has also been consciously conceived to be part of something much larger at grade, namely the entrance to Casino Niagara, the Sheraton and Brock hotels as well as the aquatic centre now under construction on Falls St.

This entrance atrium will be a large indoor space with an interior pedestrian pathway system.

But if Torontonians are any indication, the response of Niagara Falls residents will inevitably be hostile. Fear of heights informs a great many development decisions in this city. Here, we would rather squash and spread than go tall. Still, it's debatable whether the slab buildings residents seem to prefer really are more desirable than the point towers now popping up. True, they fill less airspace, but on the ground they loom much larger.

Regardless, partly because of Kirkland's efforts as the design panel chair, council has now approved two towers more than 30 storeys tall. The first was an expansion to the Hilton Hotel that got the go-ahead last year.

The Rainbow still has to be approved by Niagara Region, but that isn't expected to be a problem. Assuming all goes according to schedule, construction should begin next spring.
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Old June 4th, 2005, 06:23 PM   #40
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Langham Place is so good
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