Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cheng Reshapes Pelli

Vancouver will have one of its most prominent, if almost universally loathed, buildings transformed. 

The Sears (Eaton's) building will be completely renovated by James Cheng over the next two years in preparation for Nordstrom's arrival. Walls of glass and four floors of office space will create a vastly different urban experience in the area.

Undoubtedly, Cesar Pelli's 1973 building is a product of a different time and one that completely turns its back on the street and contemporary urban planning. And yet... there is something in its obstinate presence that acts as a curious foil in a city filled with tower after tower of glass facades.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

cheng's design is (unfortunately) boring. as you mention do we need another glassy building in downtown? let's take the building down a finally create the city square most of us vancouverites crave.