The permanent closure of the 800-block Robson and its redesign (close to the original vision of architect Arthur Erickson) must be getting close to opening. It’s taken a surprisingly long time, likely because of structural and upgrading issues.
There are bleacher/steps on both sides (suitable for protests and performances of several sizes). Then the view opens up. Horizontal blocks frame a narrow 700-block Robson (likely to be partly pedestrianized in the future?) Towers rise on either side.
Same elements, slightly different scales, combining to create an harmonious composition with a colour pallet and stonework consistent with the Square.
One obvious question: there’s no separated or distinguishable bike lane. Is it assumed those cycling through the square will use common sense and etiquette to yield, that they should dismount when the block is crowded, or divert around the square using the Hornby Bikeway?Read more »