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emdx notes that we’re losing the view of Place Ville-Marie from Phillips Square (photo link, via reddit).
qatzelok, boblemieux, Doobious, and 6 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
was that a view anyone cared about?
I did, enough to have photographed it a few times. It was a way of showing several layers of architecture, the Birks building, the deco building behind it, and PVM behind that.
I always like seeing PVM on the skyline anyway, it’s iconic.
Well, you can still see a quarter of it. Better than nothing, I suppose. I’ve always liked that Philips Sq. view.
Here’s a night view in winter:
and a day view:
After all, maybe this will be an improvement !
The view of PVM is half obscured from the QdS too now. Not good.
Ugh. Plus, that new tower just looks like a lot of the other uninspired pieces going up these days.
But most importantly, we’re loosing a surface parking lot and getting more residents downtown. Win-win. PVM is great, but we can still see it from many other vantage points.
Martin, but I bet there’s more parking underground than there was on-surface. So we’ll probably get more car traffic too. :(
Place Ville Marie is a pretty bland “icon” for Montreal. And its monotonous horizontal bands of steel and glass cheapened the panorama at Phillip’s Square.
Its presence will not be missed. Kate, why are you defending incredibly mediocre, large-scale buildings?
Kate, the “deco” building is called University Tower.
Extra ugh… Assuming presales are good, this thing is going up on Union on the parking lot where the Bluebird Cafe used to be. At 40 storeys or so, you can kiss your view of PVM from the east goodbye.
Oh, and it’s aluminum, not steel. Heretic.
Doobious: I’m glad to know the name. It was part of my old weblog logo:
qatzelok: you really are a heretic. It’s iconic. What building would you propose instead?
Because I’m short on useful stuff to do at the moment: pic.
University Tower for a time housed the headquarters of Shell Oil Company of Canada.
La PVM étant situé au centre de notre centre-ville, il est impossible de protéger les vues sans sérieusement limiter le développement en hauteur. Peu importe où un nouveau gratte-ciel sera construit, la PVM disparaîtra un peu… La tour Altitude n’est pas si laide non plus, son revêtement est un peu banal, mais elle a une volumétrie intéressante, et des balcons qui ne sortent pas de la structure comme de vilaines verrues (ce que je déteste le plus à Vancouver). La tour Union sera d’un style très différent aussi, alors il y a aura une bonne diversité d’architecture dans le secteur. Ce n’est pas si mal.
@ Kate: “What building would you propose instead?”
For modern icons of Montreal: The Big Owe, Habitat, and the Biosphere are all more interesting as quirky one-offs with culturally-interesting agendas.
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