BEST NEW BUILDING SHARP CENTRE FOR DESIGN
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.