Consider this a "spin-off" from my skyscraper/high rise concepts.
The new Worthington Renaissance Hotel I made was set on one of the blocks of where the current hotel sits... meaning that it would be replaced. I know the Worthington is unique in its style, but it also takes up THREE blocks, two of which could be very useful and add on to Sundance Square.
After making the model for the new hotel, I thought of some things fill in the other two blocks. And after that, I got the idea to fill in one large block (next to the Texas de Brazil) and the lot where the old Joe Diaches is located. And this is what I came up with:
This complex would be centered around the new hotel, but still a major part of Sundance Square... well, except maybe the parking garage. Here is the basic rundown of all the buildings.
- 34 story new Worthington Renaissance Hotel and 8 level garage across the street (Weatherford)
- 4 story Saks Fifth Avenue
- A building on a block bounded by 1st, 2nd, Throckmorton and Houston, similar to Sundance West that is half residential, half office.
- A redeveloped Joe Diaches building with the first floor used for restaurant space and the next 2 used for office space, connected with the new 3 story building on the same block.
I think this would be very beneficial in a few ways. It opens up that part of Houston Street, brings back a department store in downtown (there was one on one of these blocks, I believe), and gives more options for food places.
Sundance Square view
The "Brian Luenser" view
The "Throck & Houston corridor".
I will design the other models in this complex sometime later..,,,