NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - City Scape -

100 McCaul More el­e­gant de­vel­op­ments are soon to be added to the city’s sky­line. The Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, the Royal Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic TELUS Cen­tre, by Kuwabara Payne McKenna and Blum­berg Ar­chi­tects, and the Na­tional Ballet School’s $90 mil­lion ex­pan­sion, as well as a num­ber of re­cent ad­di­tions on the cam­puses of our col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, come to mind. But for sheer bravado, Will Al­sop’s in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized “fly­ing table­top” on stilts is quite sim­ply out of this world – it looks like a just-landed gi­ant space­ship. And it gets our nod for rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the way staid Toronto, with its cookie-cut­ter de­signs, thinks about ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban form. Ap­proach from the north and marvel at the way the sid­ing-clad un­der­belly looks like it’s tak­ing off over the top of the CN Tower in the dis­tance. Walk the cor­ri­dors in­side and feel the illusion of flight. And it does all this while pro­vid­ing pedes­trian ac­cess – and not block­ing the view – to Grange Park. Toronto hasn’t seen any­thing like this since Viljo Rev­ell’s City Hall 40 years ago. Sim­ply sen­sa­tional.

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