Published on November 6, 2009
An Introduction to Toronto’s Architecture A Ruba Visual Travel Guide
Toronto City Hall This building was designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell and opened in 1965. It’s a popular location for movies
Royal Ontario Museum Daniel Libeskind designed the controversial 2007 addition to this, the 5 th largest museum in North America. The crystal form is stunning from the outside, but less so from the interior
Bata Shoe Museum Designed to resemble a shoe box, by Raymond Moriyama, this is the home to Sonja Bata’s footwear collection as well as to shoes from over 4,500 years of history
Art Gallery of Ontario This is Toronto native Frank Gehry’s first piece in his hometown. It resembles (and feels like!) a gigantic airship that has landed haphazardly on Dundas Street West – but in a good way
Allen Lambert Galleria This downtown centerpiece was designed by Santiago Calatrava and was meant to evoke the sense of an avenue of trees – which it does quite successfully
Ontario College of Art & Design This playful design from Will Alsop was meant to resemble and inspire the creativity of the students at this school
Commerce Court West This is one of IM Pei’s earlier works (before his stunning glass pyramid at the Louvre) and was the tallest building in Canada when it opened in 1973
Toronto Dominion Center This is a group of six buildings designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and constructed between 1967 and 1991. The buildings’ proportions were designed to perfectly complement each other
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