Another spectacular example of my favourite architectural style just sprung up on Bay Street.  This one is fascinating because of the way it takes advantage of different perspectives.

If you walk by at the street level you’ll be looking at a typical 19th century toronto warehouse with little square windows and big wooden doors.  It’s very traditional and blends in with the limestone aesthetic for which Bay Street is known.

In the middle perspective, namely standing on the opposite corner, you notice that there is a parallelepiped, a tilted rectangular prism, stuck right into the side of the building.  It’s constructed entirely from steel and glass and on the north end it creates an incredible gallery where art can be displayed in natural lighting.

Finally, when you get away from the building, you see that the tower is the same parallelepiped shape tipped up on end: another glassy monolith, blending flawlessly into the new Toronto skyline.

I have great admiration for designers who pay attention to the street-level perspective.  So often when a new building goes up it seems like the architect was only concerned with what his creation will look like from a helicopter even though the vast majority of people see it from three feet away.  the result is a place where whole city blocks pass with nothing but a wall of mirrored glass or concrete.  I think 832 Bay is a wonderful example of taking the best of the old and the new.

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