Just over a week since our last update, and the rest of The MacLaren's long-anticipated heritage facade has now been revealed. A highly faithful facsimile, complete with a host of traditional materials, the two outer corners of the former 1912-built Buena Vista Building (know over the years as the Buena Vista Apartments and Glenora Bed & Breakfast Inn) have been recreated in full. 

The MacLaren, heritage facade nearing completion, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Set to become host to a ground-level cafe and row of boutique shops, the heritage facade will serve as an effective anchor to the modern, steel-and-glass residential tower above. To this end, the 27-storey, 240-unit, tower by Edgar Developments and DIALOG will supply the base with its fair share of local customers, the latter to be a popular destination as well for those living nearby. 

The MacLaren, heritage facade side profile, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Looking to the high level of attention to detail on display here, it is safe to conclude that every effort (besides retaining the original building and/or facade, of course) has been taken to guarantee that this development gives back to, and in many ways, enhances the neighbourhood. The mix of redbrick masonry, stone and cement lintels and bas-reliefs, and detailed cornice work, highlights the extent to which the developer and architect have worked well together to ensure a well thought out final product. 

The MacLaren, tower and podium, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Standing back, the full scope of the project is truly impressive, The MacLaren living proof of the healthy balance that can be achieved between heritage and development when ample care and forethought are taken. 

SkyriseEdmonton 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.