Friday, December 7, 2012

Roy Thompson Hall

This curious top hat of a building rest square in the middle of a busy downtown with little or no connection to its surroundings. Strangely enough there is a much greater appreciation of its peculiar curved glass facade from a bird's eye view standing in one of the adjacent upper storey office tower suites than at street level. Not my favoured approach, but can't help wanting to explore it. Best feature has to be its intimate outdoor courtyard with rock garden recalling architect's Arthur Erikson's early practice beginnings in the Canadian Rockies. Strangely creating an excellent perspective from Toronto's excellent underground pedestrian tunnel system. Final thoughts; this building is best experienced either from above or below ground but not as appealing when seen straight on.
Andre Arseneault, B.A.S., M.Arch, MRAIC

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