“The Art Gallery of Ontario belongs to everyone in Toronto,” said @agotoronto director @stephanjostago. “We're delighted that the building makes that obvious.” The AGO has been renovated numerous times over the years, including a monumental 2008 renovation by the Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry. The building is meant to provide the city with unparalleled access to art, and to remain in dialogue with its neighbors. Among the design elements that help make that happen: visible walkways, an abundance of glass and views of the city and the adjacent Grange Park. The 2-hectare green space, which was redesigned in 2018 by @pfsstudio, belongs to AGO but operates as a public space. Here, the Gattuso staircase, which @stephanjostago calls “the most beautiful staircase in North America.” Watch our Story to take a tour inside the #artgalleryofontario . 📸: @kaylaroccaphoto
This feature is part of #BehindTheDesign , a series that explores the processes and workspaces of designers all over the world. This month, we're focused on Toronto.
An invitational postcard, for a retiring employee from the College Street location of Eaton's, in Toronto, Ontario. This beautiful Art Deco building is still standing, now called College Park. Originally designed to feature 5 million square feet of retail space with a 38 story skyscraper, it was condensed to 600,000 square feet due to the Great Depression. Opened in 1930, Eaton's proclaimed it was "the largest furniture and house furnishings store in the British Empire". Featuring a Tyndall limestone exterior with cast stone and detailed carvings, the interior is equally impressive, with imported marble columns and colonnade. Lady Eaton had 2 rooms removed from 2 English manors, imported and reassembled in the furniture department. The 7th Floor contained a 1300 seat auditorium and Round Room Restaurant. Known as Toronto's cultural centre for many years, Eaton's 7th Floor Auditorium featured performances by Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and the National Ballet of Canada. Fond of its acoustics, Glen Gould used the auditorium for a number of his recordings. Upon the opening of the garish Eaton Centre in 1977, both Eaton's College Street and Main store were closed-as noted in handwriting on the back of this postcard. The "College Park" building still stands at Yonge and College, and the 7th Floor Auditorium was protected from demolition under the Ontario Heritage Act and was eventually restored to its original Art Deco architectural features. It is now known as The Carlu . #eatons#torontohistory#torontoarchitecture#collegepark#artdeco#glengould#vintagepostcard#thecarlu
"No matter what twists and turns your life offers you your ability to be adaptable and flexible and will help you to stay open to all of the hidden gifts that difficulty may offer".
South core has become one of the great vertical neighbourhoods in Toronto, located in the south central part of the city. Maple leafs square and Ice condominiums are just a few projects that have brought life into the area. Crazy to think just over a decade ago the district was nothing but parking lots surrounding the Scotiabank Area (formerly Air Canada Center). Just keep an eye out for flying chairs😉
The Destination Office loves to explore the Distillery Historic District for its hidden culinary gems, Victorian-era heritage buildings, art galleries and new fashions. It is a neighbourhood made of centuries old buildings revitalised and restored into a hip and trendy place to enjoy the best of Toronto's restaurants and performance art.
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#TEDdetails | Suspended in the Telus Building (25 York Street), Rokeby & Awad’s Pixel Cube dazzles any onlooker with its colour and movement. Just look at all those LED pixels! In our latest blog, we take readers on an introductory tour of the district’s 'Art Walk'. Join us on this artistic exploration! #linkinbio