The NCC wanted a different look and feel for the LeBreton neighborhood. They wanted a neighborhood that was distinctive. To this end they chose a particular palate of colours that all bidders had to employ. Predominate in this palate was yellow brick. It was always in the plan that as the buildings approached the south edge (I thought they meant Albert Street…) they would become two tone brick, employing the traditional red brick common to the older neighborhoods, to form a transition zone.
I am not sure whether the lack of enthusiasm for the look of the recently constructed condos comes from their isolation, the bombed-out-Beirut surroundings, the clutter on the glass tower, the pattern of windows, or the yellow brick. Or all of the above, in combination.
Actually, walking around the towers and seeing them up close reveals them to be quite pleasant.
Nonetheless, there is Good News for critics. The next phase, starting shortly and due to be completed in fall, 2013, will have only a smattering of yellow brick. The two low rise condo buildings plus a sort of ‘stacked townhouse’ row, will be a brown-red brick on the north (Fleet Street) and west (Lett Street) facades:
On the south façade, facing the aqueduct, the block is curved, faces the bike path, and the courtyard opens southwards (each block of the new LeBreton is arranged around internal courtyards with a number of cut-through pedestrian paths). This façade is almost all brushed aluminium finishes, ie shiny silver, like the accent bits on the first phase buildings:
The building shown above was shown as being four stories when the project was first being “sold” to the public, and indeed is still only four stories high on the other model in the sales office. However, betwixt the public showing and the write up, the zoning became six floors. Claridge recently asked for, and got, eight floors.
Only on one apartment building wall, facing south, shown here on the far side of the outdoor swimming pool, will there be some yellow brick:
They also appear to be proposing some vines to be planted on those bizarre roof top screen walls that don’t screen the mechanical equipment on the roofs. I don’t expect they will go back to fix those already put on the roofs of phase 1 & 2.
Here’s an image from their site showing it at night:
They have a sales office on site, with a number of furnished models. However, the nicest units in phase 2 are “sold out” and you have missed them. The ones remaining are obviously the runts of the litter. But there is always the future phase 3…