TORONTO ARCHITECTURE GUIDE

Roy Thompson Hall

 

60 Simcoe Street

Arthur Erickson

1982

Symphony

Transit:  St. Andrew Station

Access:  hours of operation, tours available

 

www.roythomson.com

 

Renovation completed in 2002 to overhaul the acoustics in the main hall.  Tours are available

 

 

 

Nathan Phillips Square

 

100 Queen Street West

Viljo Revell Architects

1965

Renovation: PLANT Architect Inc. and Shore Tilbe Irwin + Partners

2011

Public Square

Transit:

Access:  Free, always open

 

 

Don’t miss the upper level roof terrace overlooking the square

 

 

 

Corus Building

 

25 Dockside Drive

Diamond +Schmidt with interiors by Quadrangle Architects Limited

2010

Office Building

Transit:

Access:  Limited Access

 

www.waterfrontoronto.ca/explore_projects2/east_bayfront/corus_quay

 

This LEED Gold Building is part of a large revitalization of the Toronto waterfront.  Be sure to enjoy Sugar Beach, a fun place to take a break.

 

 

 

Umbra Concept Store

 

165 John Street

Kohn Shnier Architects

2007

Retail

Transit:  Queen Streetcar

Access:  hours of operation

 

www.umbra.com/concept_store.site

 

Three hundred bright pink polycarbonate panels encloses the multi-level circulation and display space.

 

 

BCE Place

 

181 Bay Street

Santiago Caltrava

1992

Atrium

Transit:  King Streetcar

Access:  Free, hours of operation

 

One of the most beautiful spaces in the city.  If you are a hockey fan, this is where the hockey hall of fame is located.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

 

317 Dundas Street West

Frank Gehry

2008

Museum

Transit: St. Patrick Station and walk west    or Dundas Streetcar

Access:  Hours of operation

 

http://www.ago.net

 

Check out this building from Grange Park in the back, a good view of the original AGO as well.  While inside be sure to take the spiral staircase.  tours available.

 

 

 

Bata Shoe Museum

 

327 Bloor St. West

Raymond Moriyama

1995

Museum

Transit:  St. George Station

Access:  Hours of operation

 

www.batashoemuseum.ca

 

Inspired by the shoebox, this is an  architectural example of deconstructivism.

 

 

Canada's National Ballet School

400 Jarvis Street

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

2005

Ballet School

Transit:  Wellesley Station & walk

Access:  Limited Access

 

www.nbs-enb.ca

 

Tours are available but are limited, visit the website for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto City Hall

(new)

 

100 Queen Street West

Viljo Revell architects

1965

Municipal Building

Transit:  Queen Station or Queen Streetcar

Access:  Limited Access

 

 

 

Awarded as an international design competition to replace the original City

Hall just next door

 

 

 

U of T:  Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building

 

144 College Street

Norman Foster & Partners

2006

Post Secondary School

Transit:  Queens Park Station

Access:  Limited Access

 

www.pharmacy.utoronto.ca/about-us/leslie-l-dan-pharmacy-building

 

The most notable feature are the two large pods floating in the lobby, housing instruction spaces, a quiet study lounge for undergraduate students, and a faculty/staff lounge

 

 

 

 

U of T:  Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research

 

1 Kings College Circle

Behnisch Architects and Architects Alliance

2005

Post Secondary School

Transit:  Queens Park Station

Access:  Limited Access

 

www.tdccbr.med.utoronto.ca

 

This award winning project has limited access, check out more about it at:

http://behnisch.com/projects/135

 

 

 

 

 

TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

 

273 Bloor Street West

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

2009

Performance Venue and Academy

Transit: St. George Station

Access:  Limited Access

 

www.rcmusic.ca

 

This is a well done heritage renovation and expansion.  Take a look around the lobby space and if you have time take in a show the performance space is beautiful.

 

 

 

Toronto Botanical Garden

 

777 Lawrence Ave. East

Montgomery Sisam

2006

Botantical Garden

Transit:  Bus 162

Access:  hours of operation

 

www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca/

 

The new LEED Silver building has a green roof and award-winning for its ecologically conscious design.  The gardens are beautiful.

 

 

 

BMW Flagship Dealership

11 Sunlight Park Road

Quadrangle Architects

2003

Retail

Transit: Queen streetcar & walk

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.toronto.bmw.ca/ca/toronto/

 

This vertical dealership exemplifies the BMW brand, most notably in the six featured cars displayed in the large picture windows – this façade transforms from day to night.

U of T: Graduate House

60 Harbord Street

Thom Mayne

2000

Student Housing

Transit: Spadina streetcar

Access:  limited

 

www.ghcommunity.info/gradhouse/

 

Controversial façade when built because

of the extent the sign hangs over the city street.  Tours are available.

Gardiner Museum

 

111 Queen's Park

Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna and Blumberg Architects

2006

Museum

Transit:  Museum station

Access:  hours of operation

 

www.gardinermuseum.on.ca

 

An elegant modern museum with an excellent gift shop.

 

 

 

100 McCaul Street

ALSOP Architects Ltd. and Robbie / Young & Wright Architects

2004

School

Transit:  St. Patrick Station

Access:  Limited Access

 

www.ocadu.ca

 

Created a lot of mixed reaction by locals this addition straddles the original OCAD building in mid air.

 

Sharp Centre for Design (OCAD)

 

Sherbourne Common  Pavillion

Sherbourne Street and Queens Quay East

Teeple Architects

2010

Pavillion / Public Washroom

Transit:  King Streetcar & walk

Access:  Free

 

www.waterfrontoronto.ca

 

"Really nice for a public washroom"  is often what people say when they come out.

 

Simcoe Wave Deck

 

West of Simcoe Street on the south side of Queens Quay

West 8 & DTAH

2009

Bridge

Transit:  Queen Quay streetcar

Access:  Free, always open

 

www.waterfrontoronto.ca

 

Kids have a great time on this bridge, there are a lot of great parks along this stretch of waterfront as well.

 

 

MAY WE RECOMMEND:

Sherbourne Common  Park

Sherbourne Street and Queens Quay East

Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, The Planning Partnership (local consultant); Jill Anholt (Light Showers – Public Art)

2010

Kids Park

Transit:  King Streetcar & walk

Access:  Free

 

www.waterfrontoronto.ca/sherbourne_common

 

An example of urban kids park.  This park is part of a long term revitalization  of  the Toronto waterfront.

 

Young Centre for the Performing Arts

 

50 Tank House Lane

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

2006

Performance Venue

Transit: King streetcar & walking or Bus 72

Access:  Hours of operation

 

 

www.youngcentre.ca

 

 

This award winning adaptive-reuse project  now houses four flexible performance venues.  Go see a show and spend some time in the distillery - it is always busy on the summer weekends.

 

 

Toronto-Dominion Centre

 

66 Wellington Street West

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, John B. Parkin & Associates

1969

Office Building

Transit:  King Station

Access:  Limited Access

 

 

www.tdcentre.com/en/visitors/Pages/Overview.aspx

 

Recent renovations to the buildings such as glass replacement and adding a green roof are only a few of the ways to has achieved LEED Gold certification.

100 Bloor Street West

Daniel Libeskind

2007

Museum

Transit: Museum station

Access:  hours of operation

 

www.rom.on.ca

 

This addition is a stark architectural contrast to the original ROM completed in 1914.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

 

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