Canada is a country of vast geographical diversification. Over the years, Canadian architecture has adapted to the climatic and cultural variance prevalent in a particular region. The city of Toronto is notable for its standout, modern and culturally significant architecture.
Doors Open Toronto is a yearly event conducted by the city. As the name suggests, the city let the public experience the dynamic architecture of buildings of historical and social importance. The sponsors leave no stones unturned to make it exciting by organizing various contests and a different theme every year.
A Remarkable Festival
Since year 2000, the festival has been regularly organized around the fourth weekend of May. Over 150 buildings participate every year. The event encourages insights on Toronto’s history by celebrating the built heritage. Many building provide guided tours, display about the work and activities to involve the visitors. The curiosity of a common man is satiated through this tour of otherwise prohibited buildings. This festival is extensively covered by the social media and news channels. The online design and architecture magazine, Azure widely publicize the fascinating weekend.
Ten Architectural Wonders of Toronto
Re-used, Re-visited and revised was the theme for year 2016. Here is the list of absolute masterpieces.
Jewel in the Crown
A versatile Toronto Reference Library where visitors can print a 3-D image, self-publish a book and make a film too. It is an airy and vast place for book lovers.
A Multicultural Centre
The Aga Khan museum was designed by a team of architects from Japan, India, Lebanon and Toronto. The grandeur granite walls with pools and massive gardens hosts historical pieces of Islamic culture.
Old revives with New
A 17 storey glass office tower was added to the old red brick building of Queen Richmond Centre West demonstrating the revamping of old heritage. The building is worth mentioning as it reflects the year’s theme.
World-class Academic facility– Bergeron Centre designed by ZAS architectures reflects the Science and Math concepts in the architectural designs and construction and an inspiration for future engineers.
Contemporary Heritage-The MaRS Discovery District incorporated a glass tower recently that has become Facebook.
A+ Academic– Ryerson Student Learning Centre, a gem shaped campus hotspot, features grand social spaces modeled after Greek agoras.
Cultural Centerpiece– Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts is a 2000 seat cultural center. This center depicts flawless audibility.
Bold and enchanting– The ROM Crystal, a prismatic shaped museum emerges from the museum’s northern face.
Modern Homes– New houses Harbord Village for buyers seeking a contemporary merge with historical background.
Palace of Purification– R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is a government owned building which has been recently recognized as Canadian Water Landmark by the American Water Works Association.
The architecture in Toronto has been instrumental in upgrading the city’s landscape. These architectural designs are a result of extensive creativity put in by local architects and international genius. Door Open to Toronto event not only involve the regular participants, but have been adding new entrants every year. It is one of the most awaited displays of imagination, visualization and inspiration.