Originally Posted by officedweller
I think the immense size of the building is part of it.
The spacing/scale, etc. of the windows along the sides is also dependent on the retention of those facades intact.
Aside from the Project 200 render above, I don't think a present day developer would consider retaining only a part of a consistent block-long façade
(i.e. if Hudson's Bay were to be redeveloped, I doubt they'd only keep the Georgia façade and demolish the Granville and Seymour sides).
Looking at McMinsen's pics above, I could see them replacing most of the red granite at grade wih glass (almost for the entire stretch) along the Homer façade.
The existing clerestory windows cause the upper parts of the building to "float".
Extending the clerestory windows to the ground for retail storefront would simply be an extension of that design.
I think that if they tried to retain too much of the red granite, it would end up looking "piecemeal" and break up the long "modernist" stretch of façade.
Hmm. That would potentially pretty cool: modern glass street level, floating 1950s section, and then modern, respectful tower(s) above (or big floorplate block sized open office spaces like formerly-sears). I'd be excited to see something like that.
Originally Posted by Vin
I see the need for another one to help ease the demand. Pacific Centre is already the top-grossing mall in Canada, so there is definitely enough room for another one. A mixture of big format and small footage retailers is what we need, with perhaps a food centre (that area is underserved). I live downtown but I see myself leaving the area more and more for shopping, which is not a healthy sign.
See, I live out in the suburbs and tend to bypass malls and head downtown when I choose to go shopping for the better high street style shopping experience and better amenities. This isn't to say there shouldn't be more mall space downtown (I think if they ever redo where Futurshop/Bestbuy is, that would make a great Pacific Centre expansion site), I just don't think there is a need to make every large parcel into a new mall. But y'know different strokes.
I'm also pretty nervous about Sinclair Centre. Of all the places in the city to build an office tower, this is just about the last I would choose.