Daily Scot checking out the massive tech complex by Westbank, going up at 5th and Quebec:
Scot’s excited by the built-in alley, giving its name to the whole project: MainAlley.
But as we’ve asked before: why no colour? Why, like the sea-green glass that covers almost every highrise since the ’80s, do developers, architects and the city’s urban designers, stick so conservatively with such a limited pallet, with one or two small exceptions? There must be an architectural rationale, but mostly we hear supposition and speculation.
Further, the brutalist brick block (originally a data processing centre) at the corner of 5th and Quebec is coming down (or covered), so there will a net loss of colour and texture.
This is a three-block project; its impact on this part of the Main Street tech district will be substantial. And it won’t be the green roofs we see from the street.