Discuss items in the urban core outside of Downtown as described above. Everything in the core including the east side (18th & Vine area), Plaza, Westport, Brookside, Valentine, Waldo, 39th street, & the entire midtown area.
Certainly better than neighbors - 625-29 E Armour Blvd and The Hamilton, but this will be across from the iconic Newbern Apartments. Is this design complementary, neutral, or distracting?
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Developer Passes ‘Squint Test’ on New Armour Apartment Project
https://cityscenekc.com/developer-passe ... XBn8taL9BsThe design of the first apartment building in MAC Properties planned $78 million Armour Corners redevelopment won support from the City Plan Commission Wednesday after its developer noted it had passed the “squint test.”
Peter Cassel of Chicago-based MAC said a consultant who assisted in the design of the seven-story building planned for 520 E. Armour offered a pragmatic way to gauge whether it blended with its historic neighbors.
“We were told to design it so when you squint your eyes, you can’t tell the difference between the new and old buildings,” he told the Plan Commission.
The Commission unanimously endorsed the design and if, as expected, it’s approved by the City Council next month, construction should begin early next summer with a summer 2020 completion. Helix Architecture + Design is the architect.
I'm fine with the design, and don't think it's distracting, and may even be complementary. But have to haha at the "squinting test" - whatever that means. I'm more eager to see contemporary design for the corners at Armour and Troost. I think that's the right the approach.
Sympathetic Modern: Too afraid to be traditionalist and draw the ire of the modernists, but also too afraid to be modernist and draw the ire of the traditionalists.