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Quite like this!

Initially reminded me of Warren & Mahoney tilt slab student flats but there is a lot of potential.

If I was the architect, some of the things I'd change:

  • Break up the northern facade a little bit. Perhaps a couple of windows that extrude out from the facade. Something like this but only one or 2.
  • Make the north eastern edge of the building a bit more rounded. Example.
  • Is that a south facing rooftop terrace at the top? I'd put a signature tree in the corner. Example. It'd be an awesome place in the afternoons. Cheshire are usually good with pots and planters anyway.
 

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THE HOTEL BRITOMART | 30-34 Customs St E | 39fl | 11fl | Under Construction

Don’t understand people’s tendency to police other people’s thoughts on the internet.

People should be able to pass judgement on a render or development without having to wait 2 years for construction completion.

If it’s not a personal attack then does it really matter? If you don’t like someone’s opinion then don’t engage.

There’s always Twitter for some positivity. Oh wait...
 

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People are free to praise or criticise projects

I'm sure this forum's beloved Cheshire architects can handle a bit of criticism

The render they chose to go to the media with doesn't show off the quality materials in low to medium resolution, scaring Aucklanders into thinking this will be another pre-fab monstrosity they should oppose

Adding a recess in the windows would show the depth of the brick facade and elevate the building immensely

For all the forumers who don't allow negativity: I love the brick facade (high-res), laneway, podium, heritage restoration, overall project
 

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I can see why this one will be polarizing, but I quite like it. I think it will fit in nicely with all the heritage buildings and as per the website, two adjacent heritage buildings will be refurbished as part of the development.

As for the side facing the square - unusual. Or as the architects put it:

"The shotgunning of fenestration across the facade creates a kind of constellation; it attacks the orthodoxy of a building being legible as a product of its floors."

Who can argue with that? :nuts:
 
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