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Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for Toronto's Second Tallest Tower

12:15 - 12 March, 2015
Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for Toronto's Second Tallest Tower, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for an 80-story mixed-use tower that will rise 318-meters on a prominent site in downtown Toronto at One Bloor West. The city’s second tallest building, “The One” skyscraper aims to “pioneer a new model of vertical retail” with an expansive, 60-meter commercial base that will anchor dense housing. 

AD Classics: Robarts Library / Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde

07:00 - 9 March, 2015
AD Classics: Robarts Library / Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde, © Wikipedia User Dr. K
© Wikipedia User Dr. K

If the architectural volte face of the late 1960s heralded the genesis of postmodernism, deconstruction, and a golden age of theory, it came at an equally destructive cost. Escaping the totalizing regime of modernism demanded from architects more than the promise of new ideas; it required the falsification of modernist axioms and the wholesale annihilation of its spiritual eidos. In this critical moment of death and rebirth, some pieces of the modern project survived only by hiding under the cloak of the technological progress, while others—like modern city planning—persisted only because there was no way to turn back the clock.

© Flickr user The City of Toronto The glow of incandescent lights off the dark surfaces does little to brighten the mood.. Image © Flickr user Andrew Louis The library's triangular shape intersects violently with the rectantular street grid of the Toronto campus.. Image via Bing Maps 14th Floor Plan +11

Through House / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

12:00 - 6 March, 2015
Through House / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, © Bob Gundu
© Bob Gundu

© Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu +18

"Winter Stations" Bring Warmth to Toronto's Frozen Beaches

09:00 - 4 March, 2015
"Winter Stations" Bring Warmth to Toronto's Frozen Beaches , Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro
Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro

Five finalists have emerged from the 196 submissions of Toronto’s first international Winter Stations design competition. Drawing proposals from 36 countries around the world, the competition challenged entrants to transform the lifeguard stations on Toronto’s east beaches into public art pieces for the winter. The finalists’ designs were constructed in mid-February and will be displayed until March 20, 2015. 

Take a look at the completed installations, after the break. 

Sling Swing. Image © Eamon MacMahon Driftwood Throne. Image © Eamon MacMahon HotBox. Image © Nicolas Croft Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro +19

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI , © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy +16

The Linear House / Green Dot Architects

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
The Linear House / Green Dot Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team

    Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh
  • Area

    155.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Barsa Taberna / +tongtong, © Lisa Petrole Photography
© Lisa Petrole Photography

© Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M6, Canada
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners, © Ben Rahn/A-Frame
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame +17

Her Majesty’s Pleasure / +tongtong

01:00 - 20 November, 2014
Her Majesty’s Pleasure / +tongtong, © Lisa Petrole
© Lisa Petrole

© Lisa Petrole © Lisa Petrole © Lisa Petrole © Lisa Petrole +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    John Tong
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Open for Submissions: Re-Imagining Toronto's "Winter Stations"

01:00 - 15 November, 2014
Open for Submissions: Re-Imagining Toronto's "Winter Stations", Toronto's life guard stands. Image Courtesy of RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio
Toronto's life guard stands. Image Courtesy of RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio

RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio have launched Winter Stations, an open international design competition challenging artists, designers, architects and landscape architects re-imagine the life guard stands on Toronto's waterfront as "temporary wintertime installations" that "inject color, movement, humor and more into the landscape.” The theme is “Warmth,” and there is no limit to the size of the installation, but the jurors will take durability and constructibility into account. The selected installations will be built in February 2015. Registration is now open and submissions are due December 5, 2014 with winners announced in early January 2015. All the details can be found, here

Cossette V7 / Teeple Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Cossette V7  / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Evan Dion © Scott Norsworthy +17

AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For, The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat
The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the occasion we've rounded up some of Canada's best architecture. Our five selections represent five Canadian cities, each with a unique architectural sensibility. We begin in Toronto with the Royal Ontario Museum addition by Studio Daniel Libeskind, a striking intervention using prisms of glass and steel fused to a 102-year-old museum structure; next we go to Montréal for Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie, an interlocking modular housing project designed for the World Exposition of 1967; to Calgary for Santiago Calatrava's understated Peace Bridge, a stunning glass-encased red lightning bolt spanning the city's widest waterway; then to Winnipeg's Old Market Square Stage by emerging firm 5468796 Architecture, a chameleonic performance space wrapped by a mesh curtain of steel cubes; and finally to the outskirts of Vancouver for the Richmond Olympic Oval, a masterpiece of engineering and the centre of attention during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Enjoy, eh.

Street House / gh3

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Street House  / gh3, © Raymond Chow
© Raymond Chow

© Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Team

    Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
  • Photographs

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects, © Ben Rahn / A-Frame
© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame +19

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto, Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge
Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge

Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of Toronto’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Fichman Residence / regionalArchitects

01:00 - 9 September, 2014
Fichman Residence / regionalArchitects, © Terry Tourangeau
© Terry Tourangeau

© Terry Tourangeau © Terry Tourangeau © Terry Tourangeau © Terry Tourangeau +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    375 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1, Canada
  • Principal

    Drew Sinclair
  • Area

    1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties, © Kevin Pazik
© Kevin Pazik

Designed for a laneway inside the Little Portugal neighborhood of Toronto, Flipping Properties tests the boundaries between architecture and furniture. The exhibition, created by Jiminez Lai and his team, Bureau Spectacular, unravels the traditional pentagonal shape of a house to create ‘super-furniture.’ Super-furniture is defined by Lai as “too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.” The large installation pieces are meant to encourage dialogue on unused urban spaces in Toronto, while creating a novel way to interact with those spaces. Despite their size, the pieces can be rearranged within the laneway, allowing for a variety of assemblages to be created.  Flipping Properties opened July 11th, and will be in place until September 14th in the laneway between Sheridan Avenue and Gordon Street in Toronto. Admission is free to the public. See the full gallery of exhibition photos, after the break.

© Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik +17

Images Leaked of Major Development at Toronto's Union Station

00:00 - 11 August, 2014
Images Leaked of Major Development at Toronto's Union Station, Looking Southwest toward the development. Image © Wilkinson Eyre Architects for Hines; via UrbanToronto.ca
Looking Southwest toward the development. Image © Wilkinson Eyre Architects for Hines; via UrbanToronto.ca

Details have been leaked of a major new development on the Southern edge of downtown Toronto, just East of Union Station. The scheme, uncovered by UrbanToronto and its inquisitive users, involves the connection of sites on both sides of the railway tracks, and will include three towers and a pedestrian bridge featuring a park and retail space. It is understood that Wilkinson Eyre are the architects, after BD confirmed last week that they have recently won a major competition in Toronto.

Read on for more details of the project