May 25, 2004
by Canadian Architect
On May 29-30, this immensely successful event adds to its usual roster of heritage buildings with a number of significant post-war buildings throughout the city. 155 buildings comprise this year’s offerings, many never open to the public before.
Highlights include Mies van der Rohe’s darkly imposing 54-storey steel and glass Toronto-Dominion Centre in the heart of Toronto’s financial district; the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design by Will Alsop with Robbie Young + Wright; the Umbra Headquarters in Scarborough by Kohn Shnier Architects; Taylor Hariri + Pontarini’s sublime building for McKinsey & Company is featured along with 18 other buildings nestled in the fabric of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. The restoration of the trendy Drake Hotel on Queen Street West is featured, as is Margie Zeidler’s Gladstone Hotel down the street. A number of prominent architectural firms’ offices are also open to the public, such as Moriyama & Teshima, duToit Allsopp Hillier and the Zeidler Partnership.
Tickets and pre-registration are not required, and admission is free. Please visit www.doorsopen.org for more information.