Sunday, May 04, 2008

Toronto Style

The Toronto Star published a story in its Ideas section today about a distinct Toronto architectural style, or school, as noticed by Architecture professor Rodolphe el-Khoury who is Canada Research Chair in architecture and urban design at the University of Toronto.

In his own words, he describes it thusly:

If I were to be very general, it is a particular way, particular manner in the use of materials, for instance a predilection for very tactile materials, for rough stone, textured stone, rich woods and natural materials. What's interesting is the combination of this very rustic palette with a very modern, clean, formal language. So you get the sharp geometry and outlines of modern architecture, but you get the more traditional rustic materials blended with it, and it makes for a very particular flavour.

Click here to read more.

Now, if you had asked me even 3 months ago if I could imagine myself living in a modern home such as artist Charlie Patcher's home studio below, I would have said no way! I would have said my ideal home is something more traditional...maybe English or French in style...something you'd see in the Annex or Hogg's Hollow neighbourhood, but there's something about the square-shaped glass facade that reminds me of framed shadow boxes which I love.

Image by David Cooper via Toronto Star

3 comments:

West Toronto homes said...

That picture is really amazing it shows the vivid contrast between the traditional and the brand new style. I can understand that it could be difficult to decide which is the most appropriate for you but I think this black-boxed house is so spectacular that you can be really contented with it. I`ve seen many houses reflecting the same modern features in West Toronto. I think that for so many of us the most tempting on these houses are the windows.

Jane Flanagan said...

You mean Charles Pachter (not David)?

And, yes, this is an example of things done so right they appeal to people with even the opposite predilection.

I also love the Toronto spaces designed by Jack Diamond, as well as the more revered Calatrava and Mies spaces.

phoenix said...

Yes, Jane, you're right, it's Charlie. :)

I'm not familiar with Calatrava by name, but a quick google yielded the formerly-named BCE Place, which has always been a favourite of mine, too.

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