The new conceptual renderings for the Royal Connaught keep on rolling in! On Wednesday, a concept drawing of a proposed redevelopment of the Royal Connaught surfaced on CHML’s website shortly after Bob Bratina announced on the Bill Kelly Show that work would begin on the Connaught this fall.
The concept drawing has been roundly criticized since it appeared. It really is hideous, but we’ve seen a number of concepts for the Connaught in the past few years- maybe we don’t have to worry too much about a concept drawing looking like the final product. Let’s hope they don’t actually plan to cover the ornate east side of the Connaught with the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
As it turns out, it may be altogether premature to make any big announcements. One would wonder if Mayor Bratina’s announcement was just intended to distract from the past week’s other heritage controversies.
On Friday, the Spectator’s political cartoonist, Graeme MacKay published the original “Do It Your Self Royal Connaught Redesign” cartoon. Not surprisingly, a number of sarcastic local designers took Mr. MacKay up on this probably-unintended photoshop challenge. Enjoy.Got your own far-out idea for the Connaught redevelopment? Send them to email@example.com and I’ll post them up.