Glazing and cladding progress has been swift over the last three weeks since we checked in at the site of Hat at Five Corners by Cidex Group and NORR Architects. The stark contrast between black and white spandrel and glass has become all the more apparent in recent weeks, as more and more of the panels have been installed towards the base of the tower. 

Hat at Five Corners, glass on the rise, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Reviews of the overall two-tone aesthetic have been mixed among our readers, with some pointing to the decision to add a third tone in the form of the dividing bars that delineate the various spandrel and window panels that make up the white portions of the facade. Criticism here hinges upon the fact that it appears that the same bars in the black portions seem to be relatively monochromatic and thus in synch with the surrounding spandrel, while the same cannot be said for the off-white (grey) bars that appear within the white sections. 

Hat at Five Corners, glass close-up view, image by Forum contributor Daveography

A minor point, but a point nonetheless, the decision to use grey bars and thus muddy the otherwise distinctive, two-tone aesthetic, may represent a lost opportunity. This being said, from far enough away, a more solidly two-tone effect can be much more easily discerned. 

Hat at Five Corners, urban context view, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Located at the Five Corners (Jasper Ave X2, 102 Ave NW, and 95 St NW X2), the aptly named Hat at Five Corners is slated to deliver nearly 200 units to the neighbourhood just east of the core. The influx of upwards of 250 new residents to the area will serve to enliven and effectively knit Boyle Street and Riverdale to downtown Edmonton.  

SkyrsieEdmonton will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below. 

Related Companies:  NORR Architects & Engineers Limited