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Monday, August 14, 2006

Latest MetroPlains renderings

The other day, reader RJT was dying to know what the MetroPlains apartment complex would look like. Amanda Silverman Kosior, a friend of mine from JLG Architects, saw RJT's plea and sent along these images.

But she cautioned that renderings are not always what the final product looks like:
In regard to the question on the blog - much of the time, these renderings change so often from the initial rendering to the final rendering (before the project gets built), that architects and clients don't like to publish the updates because you'd basically be changing them all the time (for example, every time you changed a material).
Thanks to Amanda for taking the initiative and, also, a huge congrats. She's the newly minted Mrs. Kosior. Kyle is the lucky fella's name.


Blogger wolfgf said...


Just add retail to the bottom of these and you have a great design template for neighborhoods all over the city.

Could it happen here?

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo hoo, floor-to-ceiling windows. You'd have thought that in a sun-deprived climate, that would have happened a long time ago.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Tu-Uyen said...

Wolfgf: I don't think there will be room for retail. There's still too many empty retail spaces at this point, I think.

4:59 PM  
Blogger wolfgf said...

Sorry, I didn't necessarily mean in this downtown execution. But if it is used as a template in other neighborhoods, it might include retail.

5:31 PM  
Blogger GrandForksGuy said... like pretty pictures!

Thanks Tu-Uyen. You should try to get renderings like this more often.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous ben said... put those across from the project underway already, and with the Ryan House and the Dakota have a really beautiful mix of old and new all on one intersection! Sweet

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, it's "Starbucks-like".

Sorry, somebody had to say it.

10:55 PM  
Blogger GrandForksGuy said...

Gee, I wouldn't mind if it had a Starbucks in it. Now that would be "Starbucks-like"!

1:54 AM  
Anonymous vcsuvike said...

Looks like an awesome addition to downtown!

7:23 AM  
Blogger amanda - rama said...

Thanks, 2! You're so cool.

Ground-floor retail would be fabulous. JLG is currently seeking a retail/commercial tenant for the ground floor of the Opera House. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Dunkin' Donuts. :)

8:36 AM  
Anonymous RJT said...

Thanks for the renderings.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate Amanda's concerns. Developers usually trade out distinctive detailing for something less expensive at the last minute. I hope that doesn't happen here. It's the small touches like the contrasting materials, asymetrical entry steps amd floor-to-ceiling windows that really bring this project to life.

11:13 AM  

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