Sunday, October 11, 2009

Red (and yellow) tape

Rendering of a new University of Winnipeg building, SW corner of Portage and Memorial Blvd.
There is, I'm sure, a perfectly good explanation for why this entropic hocus-pocus escaped from the pages of a first year Bachelor of Environmental Design student's project, and might actually rise to inflict Portage Avenue with more abhorent destruction masked as "renewal" (hey, what's another 25 years of the same old crap?).

The building's siding is affixed with all the yellow and red cards handed to the designers by the referees of architecture. Or, the Post-it notes are put there to give the building some distinction from a tannery in an Eastern Bloc backwater.

This makes the Duckworth Centre look positively Beaux-Artes.

11 Comments:

Blogger Dave Shorr said...

Rob:

Are there windows on this thing?

10:03 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Please tell me this is not the official rendering...

11:26 PM  
Blogger our family blog said...

i think ive seen this building in a 1980s sci-fi movie... they were so good at predicting the future.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Spugsley said...

wow. just...wow. *buries head in hands*

10:22 PM  
Blogger Bryan Scott said...

Better than anything WRHA related.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Dystopia fans rejoice.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Sure, but what don't you like about it? Try to be objective.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

well, it's a little tough to make out just from the rendering but...

it doesn't seem to do anything to make for an interesting street level experience. it's just a big box with gimmicky looking flags. break up the facade, add some interesting angles or lines to the building. how does this relate to the north pointing WAG. how does this relate back to the UW campus. it just doesn't look very interesting and as others have stated with the use of the term dystopia, the design doesn't really inspire positive feelings.

12:59 PM  
Blogger MacD said...

Is that the Army Surplus building?

8:44 PM  
Blogger urbandude said...

WTF?

Are people serious in this city? Are the Arch. that bad?

There are enough blanked walls building in our downtown, destroying it, please not another!

Maybe they need to talk to RRC to see how it is done properly.

1:45 PM  
Blogger urbandude said...

WTF?

Are people serious in this city? Are the Arch. that bad?

There are enough blanked walls building in our downtown, destroying it, please not another!

Maybe they need to talk to RRC to see how it is done properly.

1:45 PM  

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