The nursing home, you may recall, was sandwiched into the angle of Front/Trade and the railroad.
Now it looks like the office building will be in that wedge-shaped space.
|"Flatiron" styled building for the wedge with the railroad|
|Nursing home now on the corner|
plus some ground floor retail/cafe space with a plaza (CB|Two)
Here's the old nursing and sidewalk configuration.
|Previous Proposed Marquis Care Facility on Boise Site|
|Previous Four-story office building for the corner |
Anyway, the piece in the paper doesn't include any architect credits, and it may be that CB|Two is no longer engaged for the projects. (I'll update the image credits with any new info.)
I don't know that the switch is all that important now, but it's interesting and maybe will be an improvement. Hopefully more info will come out if there is formal site plan and design review!
CB|Two for the nursing home, AC+CO for the "flatiron" building! I'm really warming up to the plaza on the corner. It's not going to "solve" that corner and magically transform it into a walkable paradise, but it seems like it's a strong move in the right direction, especially considering the constraints from decisions already made about the Boise project.
The "flatiron" concept also fits better with the contraints created by the railroad and, given the limits of walking along Front/Trade there, will create a much more interesting walking experience and visually interesting building form.
It seems like switching the two buildings, along with the design changes, really improves the total effect. I like it.
Briefly, forget the "flatiron" building! Remember instead the Fry warehouse.
|Fry Warehouse on the exact spot! (Robert West, 2007)|