Two months since our last update, and progress at The MacLaren has been moving along well. Following the re-creation of the heritage facsimile facade, the application of brick accents to the tower and podium base has now all but completed. 

The MacLaren, brick accents nearing completion, image by Forum contributor Daveography

While the majority of the tower cladding has been complete for some time, the recent addition of the aforementioned redbrick accents has brought about a further sense of architectural continuity between the modern and historic elements of the development. Beyond this sense of cohesion, the accents appear to work well with the overall colour scheme, the glass and spandrel playing off the redish hue of the bricks. 

The MacLaren, tower-level brick installation, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Down at street level, the re-created facade of the former Buena Vista Apartments/Glenora Bed & Breakfast Inn serves to nicely anchor the 27-storey development. The future site of a mix of cafes and shops, the podium base will go a long way towards re-animating the corner of 124 St NW and 102 Ave NW. 

The MacLaren, street view, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Altogether, it appears that the DIALOG-designed high-rise project by Edgar Developments will be a success. Indeed, though still with several more weeks until completion, The MacLaren represents a promising new direction for adaptive re-use for the city. 

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.