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Candy Loft / StudioAC

16:00 - 7 February, 2019
Candy Loft / StudioAC, © Jeremie Warshafsky
© Jeremie Warshafsky

© Jeremie Warshafsky © Jeremie Warshafsky © Jeremie Warshafsky © Jeremie Warshafsky + 12

Ice Breakers Public Art Winter-Wonderland Returns to Toronto

07:00 - 26 January, 2019
© Khristel Stecher
© Khristel Stecher

Winter is hardly the high season for Toronto's waterfront. Nevertheless, the annual design competition Ice Breakers aims to draw people back to the outdoors, populating the frozen harborside with installations celebrating the winter. This year's winning designs are currently on show, centering around the theme "Signal Transmission."

For a third year in a row, Ports Toronto and the Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA) partnered to produce this 2019 exhibition. Out of hundreds of international submissions, the winning designs include an illuminated starlight house, kaleidoscopic mirrors, and arches of bells, now on display until February 24.

See all five winning installations with descriptions by the architects below.

Toronto Central YMCA / Diamond Schmitt Architects

12:00 - 22 January, 2019
Toronto Central YMCA / Diamond Schmitt Architects, © Fiona Spalding-Smith
© Fiona Spalding-Smith

© Fiona Spalding-Smith © Fiona Spalding-Smith © Lisa Logan © Fiona Spalding-Smith + 11

The 6 Winter Stations Chosen to Warm Toronto's Frosty Beaches

14:00 - 22 December, 2018
The 6 Winter Stations Chosen to Warm Toronto's Frosty Beaches, Courtesy of Winter Stations Design Competition
Courtesy of Winter Stations Design Competition

Five years ago, Raw Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio founded the Winter Stations Design Competition to bring innovative design concepts to Toronto’s beaches in the winter months. This year, four designs were selected from hundreds of submissions and will be joined by two student submissions to dot the beachfront alongside vacant lifeguard stations.

The six successful design concepts explore the concept of “migration.” This concept was internalized by each team who generated six unique and original designs that explore contemporary social issues, political issues, and the human condition surrounding “migration.” From their investigations, each team brought a design to the seasonal waterfront, drawing people to the beach and inviting dialogue.

New Renderings Revealed for BIG's King Street West in Toronto

09:00 - 5 December, 2018
KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed new images for their King Street West condo community in Toronto. The development was formed as sets of pixels extruded upwards to create space for housing, retail and boutique offices. The concept was made to avoid the footprints of heritage buildings that already exist on site. The latest renderings revealed both interior and exterior images of the striking new development.

KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + 11

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

07:00 - 6 November, 2018
The Politics of Vacancy: The History, and Future, of Toronto's Condo Euphoria, © Manuel Alvarez Diestro
© Manuel Alvarez Diestro

This article was originally published on ArchDaily on 13 February 2018. 

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.

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

Pape Loft / StudioAC

16:00 - 25 October, 2018
Pape Loft / StudioAC, © Jeremie Warshafsky Photography
© Jeremie Warshafsky Photography

© Jeremie Warshafsky Photography © Jeremie Warshafsky Photography © Jeremie Warshafsky Photography © Jeremie Warshafsky Photography + 12

NY House / Urbanscape Architects

13:00 - 19 September, 2018
NY House / Urbanscape Architects, © Revelateur Studio
© Revelateur Studio

© Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio + 15

BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Opens as "Unzipped" in Toronto

14:00 - 18 September, 2018
© Derek Shapton
© Derek Shapton

BIG’s “unzipped wall,” which served as the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion in London, has been opened to the public in Toronto under the new title “Unzipped.” Having been transported to the city and rebuilt in collaboration with Westbank, new photographs by Derek Shapton show the completed pavilion standing as a temporary place of showcase and events in downtown Toronto.

“Unzipped” is the first Serpentine Pavilion to embark on a multi-city tour of this kind, before ultimately landing in a permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront.

© Derek Shapton © Derek Shapton © Derek Shapton © Derek Shapton + 5

CN Tower Reboot / Cumulus Architects

21:00 - 17 September, 2018
CN Tower Reboot / Cumulus Architects, © Lisa Logan
© Lisa Logan

© Lisa Logan © Lisa Logan © Lisa Logan © Lisa Logan + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Sheldon Catarino
  • Designer

    Carolina Mellado
  • Designers

    Kyle Benassi, Nathaniel Mendiola, Mitchell Martyn, Denis Lemieux
  • Area

    10441.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Art House / Urbanscape Architects

09:00 - 15 September, 2018
Art House / Urbanscape Architects, © Revelateur Studio
© Revelateur Studio

© Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio + 13

BIG's King Street West Condo Community Approved for Development in Toronto

14:00 - 14 September, 2018
BIG's King Street West Condo Community Approved for Development in Toronto, King Street West. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
King Street West. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group has received approval for their King Street West condo community in Toronto. Originally proposed in 2016, the development was made as sets of pixels extruded upwards to create space for housing, retail and boutique offices. The concept was formed to avoid the footprints of heritage buildings that already exist on site. Alex Bozikovic, architecture critic of The Globe and Mail, reports that the development is about to start sales as King Street West pushes past its latest development hurdle.

Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre / Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects

11:00 - 13 September, 2018
Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre / Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects, Courtesy of Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects
Courtesy of Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects

Courtesy of Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects Courtesy of Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects Courtesy of Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects Courtesy of Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Category

  • Associated Architects

    Kearns Mancini Architects
  • Project Team – Patkau Architects

    James Eidse, Mike Green, Dimitri Koubatis, Shane O’Neill, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Thomas Schroeder, Luke Stern, Michael Thorpe
  • Area

    2380.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012

Casey House / Hariri Pontarini Architects

17:00 - 12 September, 2018
Casey House / Hariri Pontarini Architects, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography + 28

Sidewalk Labs Unveils Future City Design for Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood

06:00 - 16 August, 2018
Sidewalk Labs Unveils Future City Design for Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood, Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs
Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs has unveiled a new proposal for Toronto's eastern waterfront and a neighborhood development called Quayside. After announcing plans to create a model smart city in Toronto last fall, Sidewalk Labs has been working to pioneer a new approach to future urban developments. Plans for Quayside were revealed during a roundtable discussion on August 14, 2018. As the subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, the team responded to an open call from Waterfront Toronto with a design that features heated pavements, large public spaces and mass timber buildings.

Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs + 11

BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver

12:00 - 3 August, 2018
BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver, Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank

The collaboration of Bjarke Ingels Group and Westbank are celebrating two milestones in Canada, as the topping out of their innovative Vancouver House coincides with the advanced construction of their relocated Serpentine Pavilion in Toronto.

The two BIG-designed structures, located on opposite coasts, have both been recognized for their architectural innovation. The LEED-Platinum Vancouver House was awarded the World Architecture Festival’s Future Building of the Year in 2015, while the “unzipped wall” is the first Serpentine Pavilion to embark on a multi-city tour of this kind, before ultimately landing in a permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront.

Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank + 9

The Aga Khan Museum / Maki and Associates

11:00 - 30 July, 2018
The Aga Khan Museum / Maki and Associates, © Maki and Associates
© Maki and Associates

© Maki and Associates © Maki and Associates © Maki and Associates © Maki and Associates + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Category

  • Team

    Fumihiko Maki, Principal / Gary Kamemoto, Director / Kota Kawasaki, Associate / Isao Ikeda, Associate / Masayuki Midorikawa, Associate / Jun Takahashi / Yukiko Kuwahara / Yoichi Honjo / Masaru Sasaki / Alvaro Bonfiglio / Ellen Kristina Krause
  • Architect of Record

    Moriyama Teshima Architects
  • Area

    4049.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Carlo Ratti's Prototype for Sidewalk Labs Shows How the Design of Streets Could Change in Real Time

14:00 - 18 July, 2018
Carlo Ratti's Prototype for Sidewalk Labs Shows How the Design of Streets Could Change in Real Time, © Carlo Ratti Associati
© Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati, working in collaboration with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, has unveiled their design for a modular paving system named “The Dynamic Street.” Intended to make streets “reconfigurable, safer, and more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, and tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles,” the project will be on display at Sidewalk Lab’s office and experimentation space in Toronto throughout the summer of 2018.

Manifesting as a series of hexagonal modular pavers, the project explores the various patterns which can be created by reconfiguring modules, with a potential future “allowing a street to create an extra car lane during rush hour before then turning it into a pedestrian-only plaza in the evening.”

© Carlo Ratti Associati © Carlo Ratti Associati © David Pike © David Pike + 13