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Slack Toronto Office / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

13:00 - 12 April, 2018
Slack Toronto Office / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Lead Architect

    Heather Dubbeldam
  • Project Team

    Scott Sampson, Andrew Snow
  • Area

    23000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lecture: “Paths Uncharted” with Balkrishna Doshi

12:05 - 1 April, 2018
Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lecture: “Paths Uncharted” with Balkrishna Doshi, Balkrishna Doshi (photo courtesy of VSF)
Balkrishna Doshi (photo courtesy of VSF)

Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture throughout India and internationally. Influenced by masters of 20th century architecture, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn, Doshi has been able to interpret architecture and transform it into built works that respect eastern culture while enhancing the quality of living in India. His ethical and personal approach to architecture has touched lives of every socio-economic class across a broad spectrum of genres since the 1950s.

First Images Released of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' Toronto "HUB" Tower

12:00 - 19 March, 2018
The scheme is set to be a dominant fixture on the Toronto skyline. Image Courtesy of RSHP
The scheme is set to be a dominant fixture on the Toronto skyline. Image Courtesy of RSHP

London-based Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has released the first images of their 1.4-million-square-foot (130,000-square-meter) commercial tower for Toronto, Canada. Having won an international competition for the design of “The HUB” in 2017, the RSHP scheme has progressed with the potential to become a dominant fixture on the Toronto skyline.

RDHA Wins The 2018 RAIC's Architecture Firm Award

08:00 - 14 March, 2018
RDHA Wins The 2018 RAIC's Architecture Firm Award, Courtesy of Tom Arban
Courtesy of Tom Arban

Toronto based architecture studio, Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects (RDHA) have been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Firm Award. The annual award recognizes firms that demonstrate architectural excellence and design for a better quality of life by addressing the important issues in society. This year’s winner, RDHA, is one of Canada’s oldest practices, established in 1919, that has recently undergone a successful renewal to produce the highest caliber of architecture.

Courtesy of Ema Peter Courtesy of Tom Arban Courtesy of Tom Arban Courtesy of Tom Arban + 16

Perkins + Will's Prismatic Facade Scheme Wins Competition for York University Building in Toronto

14:10 - 12 March, 2018
Perkins + Will's Prismatic Facade Scheme Wins Competition for York University Building in Toronto, The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

Perkins+Will’s triangulated facade scheme has won an international competition for the design of the new School of Continuing Studies at York University’s Keele campus outside of Toronto, Canada.

Beating out proposals from top firms, including finalists HOK andGow Hastings Architects with Henning Larsen, Perkins+Will’s design twists as it rises, both reacting to solar optimization studies and opening up the building to create a new gateway at the campus’ southeast entrance.

The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will The School of Continuing Studies will include a new pedestrian plaza along Pond Road. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will The School of Continuing Studies is exploring the use of mass timber to create durable, healthy, and inviting environments for students. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will The School of Continuing Studies will feature interconnected lounge spaces that support communities of learning. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will + 4

Ice Breakers Exhibition Brings Interactive Public Art to Toronto's Waterfront

08:00 - 1 March, 2018
© Briony Douglas
© Briony Douglas

An “Ice Breaker” is a colloquial term used to connote something that relieves inhibitions or breaks the tension between people. In TorontoIce Breakers is an annual international design competition for innovative public works that break up the dreary, seemingly endless winter with engaging, colorful, and humorous installations along the city’s waterfront that encourage spontaneous interaction.

Now in its second year, the 2018 exhibition is produced in partnership between Ports Toronto and the Waterfront BIA to bring five unique structures to life around the theme of “Constellation.” Proposals from enlarged bears inspired by the Ursa Major constellation to giant wind chimes were among those selected from hundreds of entries from all around the world, now on view until February 25.

See all five winning installations below.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop's First Canadian Project Will Be the New Toronto Courthouse

14:00 - 26 February, 2018
Rendering by PIXELFLAKES. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Rendering by PIXELFLAKES. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in partnership with NORR Architects & Engineers, has been selected to design the new Toronto Courthouse, to be located adjacent to Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall in the city’s downtown civic core. When finished, it will be Piano’s first competed project in Canada.

Pioneer Village / aLL Design

17:00 - 23 February, 2018
Pioneer Village / aLL Design, © Wade Zimmerman Photographer
© Wade Zimmerman Photographer

© Wade Zimmerman Photographer © Wade Zimmerman Photographer © Wade Zimmerman Photographer © Wade Zimmerman Photographer + 24

Hibou House / Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect

17:00 - 16 February, 2018
Hibou House / Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy + 22

The Politics of Vacancy: The History, and Future, of Toronto's Condo Euphoria

09:30 - 2 February, 2018
The Politics of Vacancy: The History, and Future, of Toronto's Condo Euphoria, © Manuel Alvarez Diestro
© Manuel Alvarez Diestro

The City of Toronto has a long, fraught relationship with development and vacancy. The map of the initial Toronto Purchase of 1787 between the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the British Crown, which would later establish the colonial territory that became Toronto, conceives of the landscape as a single, clearly defined vacant lot anxious for development. Or, as artist Luis Jacob better described it, “signifying nothing but an empty page waiting to be inscribed at will.” Over two-hundred years later, as housing availability, prices, and rental shortages drive vertical condominium developments in the city, the politics of the vacant lot have never felt so palpable.

The first condominiums appeared in Toronto during the late 1960s as a solution to a crisis of affordable housing. By 1981, the newspaper The Globe and Mail would prophetically report that "vacant lots all over downtown Toronto are sprouting condominiums of late.” The Globe would further lament that "no sooner has one of the glamorous edifices begun to climb the Toronto skyline than the sold out sign is posted, and the next development announced.” After a 30% drop in prices during the 1990s, the early 2000s saw the expansion of Toronto’s “condo euphoria” with sites zoned across the Greater Toronto Area from CityPlace to College Park. Now, these towering edifices—captured here by photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro—have become icons of both the city’s downtown identity as well as capital-driven development.

© Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro + 24

Living Architecture 'Astrocyte' Questions Whether Buildings Can Think and Care

14:00 - 21 January, 2018
Living Architecture 'Astrocyte' Questions Whether Buildings Can Think and Care, © Philip Beesley
© Philip Beesley

'Astrocyte' is a living piece of architecture that could easily be mistaken for a piece of science fiction. Engaging with the senses for an immersive experience, artist and architect Philip Beesley’s aerial structure combines chemistry, artificial intelligence, and a responsive soundscape. ‘Astrocyte’, translates from Greek to the literal meaning of star and cell, appropriate for such a complex structure that can react with the viewers' movements with patterns of light, vibrations and surround sound. 

© Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley + 9

The Best Music Videos for Architecture Fans in 2017

08:00 - 31 December, 2017
The Best Music Videos for Architecture Fans in 2017

The old adage "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" (it's stupid etc.), loses some of its impact when architecture becomes the backdrop for both music, and dancing. Ever since video killed the radio star, famous houses, quirky spaces, and history's great buildings have provided beautiful, unique and dramatic settings for music videos of all types. So which of 2017s music videos have capitalized on the wonderful world of architecture? 

Thespaces.com have compiled a list of the best music videos for architecture lovers for 2017. Here are a few of our favorites and a few additional videos we think deserve a mention.

3XN Reveals Waving Mixed-Use Building Located Adjacent to Sidewalk Labs' Future Smart City

14:00 - 31 October, 2017
3XN Reveals Waving Mixed-Use Building Located Adjacent to Sidewalk Labs' Future Smart City, The Parliament Slip with its boats and promenade will be activated by retail and balconies. Image © 3XN
The Parliament Slip with its boats and promenade will be activated by retail and balconies. Image © 3XN

Danish firm 3XN has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a new mixed-use waterfront building in Toronto’s East Bayfront district that will be located on the edge of Google/Sidewalk Labs’ new smart community, Quayside.

Inspired by the reflection of the waves of Lake Ontario, ‘The Waves at Bayside’ will feature a undulating facade of metal balconies with views out to the water and a podium filled with public program including a rowing club and assortment of restaurants and cafes.

Looking northeast to The Waves at Bayside. Image © 3XN An aerial view of the project. Image © 3XN Looking down across the multi-tired decks onto the amenity terrace. Image © 3XN Angled balconies and terraces give all suites lake views. Image © 3XN + 10

Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront

17:01 - 17 October, 2017
Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront, Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs
Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have revealed plans for a brand new community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront that will bring together “forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.”

Public Realm Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Sustainability Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Digital Infrastructure Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Housing Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs + 12

Hariri Pontarini Architects Unveil Waterfront Skyscraper Development for Toronto

16:30 - 16 October, 2017
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Hariri Pontarini Architects and Pinnacle International have unveiled the design of three glassy skyscrapers that will make up a new development on the Toronto waterfront.

Known as One Yonge, the complex will consist of over 4 million square feet of mixed-use space spread across five new buildings and a total renovation of the existing Toronto Star building.

Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects + 19

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Canada's Tallest Building in Toronto

14:25 - 6 October, 2017
Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Canada's Tallest Building in Toronto, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Canada’s future tallest building, The One, has broken ground in downtown Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners, the 85-story building will become the country’s first supertall skyscraper (commonly defined as taller than 300 meters/980 feet), rising to a peak of 306 meters (1,004 feet). The tower will also take over the title of Canada’s second tallest manmade structure, behind only the CN Tower.

Located at the corner of Bloor Street and Yonge Street on the border between downtown and Yorkville, the residential tower will respond to its unique context, embodying the neighborhood character of Yorkville, the bustling commercial life of Bloor Street and the local heritage of Yonge Street.

Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners via Mizrahi Developments + 5

Call for Submissions: WinterStations 2018 – RIOT

00:30 - 6 October, 2017
Call for Submissions: WinterStations 2018 – RIOT, The Beacon by Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva (credit: Khristel Stecher)
The Beacon by Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva (credit: Khristel Stecher)

WinterStations is now embarking on its fourth year, again opening up an international design competition to bring temporary public art installations to The Beaches, an exhibition to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape.

Millgrove House / Toms + McNally Design

13:00 - 22 September, 2017
Millgrove House / Toms + McNally Design, © Revelateur Studio
© Revelateur Studio

© Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio + 33