there's a good stretch of old limestone wall along copley street and another charming limestone single storey element on the corner of union quay/south terrace that I'd like to see incorporated into a new proposal, it would be a shame to knock them, but i admit activating the copley st frontage will require puncturing that wall almost to bits. just after i posted my previous comment i actually took a drive down south terrace and along the quay onto south mall, and looking back i think theoretically a tower may fit that location after all.
Radioactiveman: I agree the two directional 'looking both ways' solution is appropriate but i don't think it's been fully resolved. the boxes could be striking, but the glazed element between them looks like a patch. kudos to your MS paint skillz
, but there needs to be a more adroit solution to this 'bit'.
one thing that strikes me is the building is acknowledging the view of the river without interacting with the stretch that flows past it's front door - what a spot for a sort of 'jurys' Wier bar' effort. I would also hope the development would take on tidying the quay a lÃ¡ the Merriot/Lapps Quay. with the College of Comm across the water as well as a number of smaller education & office locations nearby there could well be the local traffic to support a good eatery on the water.