9955 Jasper Avenue | 105m | 34s | Great Gulf | Zeidler

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The Design is not bad -- I would rank it better than Tower B (Ice District) but not quite as good as the Mackenzie Tower (which it seems to emulate in its facade details -- the Mackenzie Tower has an interesting vertical articulation that progresses from base to penthouse), X has expressed an effort at exposing the MacDonald from a street view perspective by stepping back the floor plan on the south side of the building, leaving room for the possibility of an interesting publicly accessible park as a buffer between two architectural types. The reason that I like this design better than the curvilinear first effort is that it is less affronting to the Mac Design and it somehow correlates and makes better the design of the existing building to the east. Its repetitive detail also anchors its place with the twin towers across the street to the west. I also like that its mechanical penthouse fits with the design and that the podium comes out to the street on the Jasper Ave. side. Although not much is discernible in this rendering regarding the proposed park (and it is likely only rough conception at this point), I like the sweep of the space, again reinforcing the visual connection to the Mac Hotel. Because of the podium step-back, there is ample opportunity for retail and hospitality ventures facing the park to enhance its activity quotient -- the previous design exhibited none of that.
 

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I hope the developer saves the trees -- they could be put in on-site container boxes and moved to a near-by location, brought back to the park as mature (mostly) specimens. It would also be great if there was a physical connection to the hotel, thereby offering condo owners an additional benefit re hospitality services.
 

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Designed by architectsAlliance (won't link to their site right now as it appears to be infested with some kind of adware)
750m2 floorplate
Commercial retail on north and west sides of 2-story podium
Loading and parking below-grade, including parking for the Hotel MacDonald
Tower is edged to the east side of the site to help preserve views of the Mac
Public garden between the tower and the Mac

https://www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/LDA18-0478_Urban_Design_Brief.pdf
https://www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/LDA18-0478_Proposed_DC2Provision.pdf
 

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I just really hope Great Gulf picked an architect that understands a little better what our market is like as far as floor plans go. I wouldn't want this turning into another like Lamb's "Jasper House".
The architect doesn't decide this, but, lol, it is the same architect - aA.
 

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I'm still trying to figure out how this will fit on that parcel of land...but that's why they pay the engineers and architects the big bucks and I do what I do! :)
 

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