Those Who Opposed Landmark Status For The Ballard Denny’s, Accept Your Punishment

And you can include me among those whose deserve the punishment rendered above. Thank you sir, can I have another!

Sweet Jesus, this is what Rhapsody Partners and Freiheit and Ho Architects have in mind to mark the gateway to Ballard on the northwest corner of 15th and Market (65mb design review pdf here).  A generic monstrosity, a poster child for soulless multifamily design, but to be expected from the developer and architect — check their websites.

The design review board is not yet satisfied, but it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be able to force a significant redesign. This is what tends to happen when buildings are put up by people with little connection to the local culture.

Filling the site formally occupied by the “Googie” Denny’s building, the project will provide 287 condo units, 33k SF of retail, and 446 underground parking stalls.  Bartell’s is the anchor tenant, which is why there’s a stealth drive-thru located inside the building’s first level.  But hiding the drive-thru doesn’t make it any more appropriate for a transit hub in a densifying urban neighborhood.  And as I said before, 15th and Market is already a grim intersection for pedestrians.

Now I’m not known for being a density-phobe, but man, the more I look at that rendering the closer I get to jumping off the density bandwagon and calling Knute Berger to see if Crosscut needs another slow growther author.

64 Responses to “Those Who Opposed Landmark Status For The Ballard Denny’s, Accept Your Punishment”

  1. Keith

    Well said, Spencer. Thanks for that.

    Your last paragraph is exactly what I think is the future of social media, but the important step, I think, is shifting it in to real-world action. Maybe the move to facebook will help take away some of the anonymity of Dan’s site and push the readers closer to some sort of organization? I sure hope so.

    Maybe some of the readers of HAC have heard of Konstructr (http://www.konstructr.com). It’s a facebook-esque site for the design community. They have discussion boards, podcasts, expert groups, etc. I doubt it has the reach that HAC does, but it’s a very good idea, and the creator is a very energetic and inspired individual.

  2. Spencer

    Keith,

    Thanks for the link. I have never heard of Konstructr. Or at least that I remember.

  3. SA

    You think this is bad? Wait until they’re 1/4 into it and start having to trim the details to get it done within the budget. So long green roof, bye-bye sustainable materials.

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