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Old Posted Oct 22, 2021, 3:39 PM
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I definitely think this is a cut above all of the other development we have seen in Halifax over the past 10 or 15 years. It is just all about quality. Quality design, quality materials and quality landscaping.

I moved to London, UK two months ago and this would fit right in among a lot of the development around here.
That's what I was saying all along about this development. Remined me very much of London just across the Thames from St Pauls.
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Old Posted Oct 22, 2021, 3:55 PM
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Some of these newer developments have a quality of finish that I'm used to seeing on nice projects in major cities. TD might have been the first new building like this. Queen's Marque seems to qualify as do the Nova Centre and perhaps Curve/Pavilion.

Some other buildings don't quite get there due to flaws like unappealing looking spandrel, conspicuous vents, etc. But many of them are pretty good too. I'd put Maple, the Roy, and Jade in this category.
Generally agree, but not the Nova Centre for me.
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Old Posted Oct 22, 2021, 4:09 PM
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I knew the inclusion of the Nova Centre in that list would be controversial.

I was just talking about the budget spent on the finishes. Curtain wall, real stone, special touches like, in the case of Nova Centre, the curved glass. These are within the ballpark of what you might see on a downtown project in Toronto or Vancouver. It also has large commercial spaces that have attracted major chain tenants, something people might or might not like but which I associate with "major" projects and was rare in Halifax 10-15 years ago. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I don't think you'd want a city to be only complexes like that but sometimes they can add to the mix.

Aside from that I get the impression Queen's Marque also has a bit of a local feel whereas the glass boxes feel more generic. Queen's Marque is a style of building that I could imagine being built in Halifax but not a bunch of other cities. The waterfront site helps to make it more distinctive. I associate simplicity and solidity with Halifax (old and new buildings) whereas around here a lot of the new stuff is quite airy looking. This goes way back. Halifax has a very "Georgian" character that was more classically inspired and started to go out of style in the late 1800's as ornate Victoriana became more popular.
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Old Posted Oct 22, 2021, 4:23 PM
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I moved to London, UK two months ago and this would fit right in among a lot of the development around here.
London is a good example of how you can have nicely preserved heritage buildings side by side with unapologetically modern construction. There is really no conflict. They found themselves with some empty areas due to WWII bombings and Halifax has empty lots due to 50's-70's demolitions.

St. Paul's in Halifax was an imitation of St. Peter on Vere Street in London.
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2021, 8:02 AM
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St. Paul's in Halifax was an imitation of St. Peter on Vere Street in London.
I did not know that. I will have to go check it out next time I am in the area.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2021, 6:17 PM
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Is the inner courtyard of Queen's Marque mostly open now? The comment for these photos suggests so:


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Old Posted Nov 18, 2021, 9:17 PM
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Yes, it's fully open now, except for the "Lighthouse" part. The courtyard is beautiful, and the art is stunning.
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Old Posted Nov 20, 2021, 8:39 PM
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Gorgeous. That sailboat light sculpture is fantastic.
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Great pics! Thanks for keeping us up to date.

IMHO this has really become a signature development for Halifax, even for people like me, who were a little sceptical of how it might turn out, at times.

Looking forward to enjoying this space in the nicer weather, when hopefully things are back to normal, pandemic-wise (though they seem to have been mostly normal of late).
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2021, 5:53 PM
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It is good to see the waterfront improve after a number of years when it seemed nothing much changed. There are the big developments like this one but also the smaller boardwalk enhancements and beer garden. It seems like the density of stuff to see is going to be good with no true dead zones once the new art gallery goes in.

Cogswell also has the potential to change the feel of the northern end of the waterfront.

One attraction that would be interesting is something like those steps but that is walled in with some glass windows where you could look out under the water. Maybe combined with some underwater art installations (replica shipwreck?).
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Wonderful building and a fitting public art component.
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2021, 12:14 PM
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I've been very critical of this development from a purely esthetic perspective (i.e., it's just butt-ugly). But having strolled around recently, I have to admit that at street level it's an inviting space that works very well and nicely complements its surroundings.

Too bad it's still butt-ugly from any distance...
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Old Posted Nov 28, 2021, 6:21 AM
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Love all the accessible outdoor spaces...

Oh wait...
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