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Updated Renderings Released for Mirvish+Gehry Toronto

David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have released updated renderings of their massive, mixed-used project planned to transform Toronto's downtown arts and entertainment district. The Mirvish+Gehry vision will include a triad of residential towers perched on top a six-story, wooden podium inspired by the site’s industrial past and covered in a ‘cloud-like’ sculptural skin. 

The towers, rising over 80 stories each, will house condos, a new OCADU campus, and a gallery space to house the Mirvish's collection of modern art.

More renderings after the break...

Polar Securities Office / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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One Yonge / Hariri Pontarini Architects

Located where the longest street in North America, Yonge Street, meets Lake Ontario, One Yonge will be a truly mixed-use development, re- defining the typical ratio between residential, commercial and retail space within a single city block. This landmark development will comprise six new buildings of varying height with a total of approximately 6.3 million square feet of accommodation including a 40-storey office tower, a 70-storey tower with a hotel and branded residence, and four residential towers surrounding a courtyard with a woonerf-style access. 

Toronto Union Station: Go Transit Roof Proposal / Zeidler Partnership Architects

As the 'last piece of the puzzle' at Toronto's Union Station, the renovation of the train shed roof covering the passenger platforms and tracks which connects GO Transit’s Union Station Bus Terminal to the station building delivers part of the “The Big Move” promise, Metrolinx’s twenty-five year regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, their train shed roof was recently awarded with a 2012 Canadian Architect Award. Most of the 8.6-acre train shed roof is being refurbished, and the central portion is being removed and replaced with a new glass atrium to celebrate the station. More images and architects' description after the break.

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

  • Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team: Drew Mandel, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Builder: Samaryn Homes: Amnon Sarkozi, Andrej Paulik (site supervisor)
  • Area: 3250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

POP-UP Office Installation / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Exploring the evolving way in which we work, the POP-UP Office is an installation by DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design that uses modular units that can be combined in different ways. The result is a workspace that is simultaneously bare bones and tailored to the individual. This design becomes a great response to the profound shift in the way we work; when all we need is a surface to work on and a place to plug in, the working environment is no longer static. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Green Line Ideas Competition

All are invited to participate in the challenge to create proposals for the public use of an overhead transmission line corridor (a.k.a. hydro corridor) in midtown Toronto. This design competition aims to demonstrate the potential of the particular hydro corridor site and also to foster a discussion on public use of other similar spaces in North American cities. The ideas will not be built, but they are meant to get the communities who live, study and work near the site to start thinking about its future. Submissions are due no later than February 4. Among the competition’s many organizers and sponsors are Workshop Architecture Inc., Davenport Neighborhood Association, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Association of Architects. For more information about the competition, please visit their official website here.

Toronto's Anti-City Mayor Ousted

OccupyToronto: Evict Rob Ford March (November 19, 2011). Photo via Flickr User CC Jackman Ciu
OccupyToronto: Evict Rob Ford March (November 19, 2011). Photo via Flickr User CC Jackman Ciu

Rob Ford, the Toronto Mayor famous for making enemies of "urban thinkers, designers and practitioners," has been ousted from office for violating a conflict-of-interest act (he spoke and voted on a matter which allowed his own Football Foundation to financially benefit).

Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex / Kongats Architects

  • Architects: Kongats Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Mississauga, Canada
  • Project Architect: Alar Kongats
  • Project Manager: Danielle Lam-Kulczak
  • Design Team: Philip Toms, David Sasaki, Sukie Leung, Alessia Sopplesa, Dieter Janssen, Andrea Ling, Tyler Walker, Derek McCallum, Eric Van Ziffle
  • Structural: Halsall Associates Limited
  • M & E: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
  • Client: University of Toronto
  • Area: 6,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Shai Gill

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Sukkahville Design Competition Winning Exhibition: 'Hegemonikon' / Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow

Courtesy of Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow
Courtesy of Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow

As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto, organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow were selected as winners for their ‘Hegemonikon’ exhibition. The seat of the soul which rules and guides all the others, the project is considered to exist within the heart of all living things. The complete development of the human Hegemonikon comprises absolute rationality; it chooses action according to reason. This philosophy was the foundation and inspiration behind the design concept of this project. More images and the designers’ description after the break.

‘Embryonic Canopy’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

Courtesy of Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher
Courtesy of Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto, organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher were selected as one of the finalists for his ‘Embryonic Canopy’ exhibition. The project re-images the Sukkah as both a temporary shelter and permanent fixture within the agricultural ecosystem. It challenges the notion of the traditional static Sukkah while creating a sense of wonder, intrigue and connection to the natural environment. More images and designers’ description after the break.

The Offset / Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

  • Architects: Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Structural Design: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Area: 2000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS, Courtesy of Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

Whale House / rzlbd

Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

Architects: rzlbd Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ladan Niknam, Lailee Soleimani Project Manager: Amin Sheivari Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
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Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
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'Harvest Wave' Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Various Architects

Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho
Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho

Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, and Teresa Cacho were recently named as the second prize winner in the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto. Organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, five finalists were given the opportunity to build their designs for an exhibition with the challenge to design a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Representing many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, this proposal for an innovative Sukkah design delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, and temporary/permanent. More images can be viewed after the break.

In Progress: Theatre at Nathan Phillips Square / Perkins+Will

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Area: 910.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Steven Evans

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Libeskind's "L Tower" Tops Out

"L Tower" in progress.
"L Tower" in progress.

Yesterday, October 10, Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the “Topping Off” ceremony for Toronto’s “L Tower” with aerial acrobatics dancing across the North face of the structure. The 58-storey skyscraper, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and The Esplanade, is part of the redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. It was designed to be an architectural transition between the towers of the financial district to the west and the historic residential St. Lawrence neighborhood to the east.  A 5000 square-feet public plaza along the redevelopment’s west side will serve as an additional public space for the theater, L Tower residents and the downtown community. Continue reading for more.

Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto 'Sculptures'

View form the southwest, Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.
View form the southwest, Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.

David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have officially unveiled a massive, mixed-use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The multi-phase project will significantly alter the city’s skyline with three, “sculptural” residential towers perched atop two, six story podiums. Mirvish describes, “I am not building three towers, I am building three sculptures that people can live in.” Continue reading to learn more.

York University Learning Commons / Levitt Goodman Architects

  • Architects: Levitt Goodman Architects
  • Location: Scott Library, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Architect in Charge: Brock James
  • Design Team: Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
  • Client: York University
  • Budget: $1.9 Million
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Bob Gundu, Ben Rahn © A-Frame Inc.

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