Toronto Architecture

I’ve always loved buildings, since I was a little kid. I was fascinated by castles and old buildings of all kinds (I grew up in a house that predated the Civil War in a town that was burned by the Confederates). Now, I’m equally fascinated by modern urbanity. Here’s some of my take on super urban Toronto.

I like black and white for architecture, especially modern glass and steel architecture, because it amplifies the abstraction of geometry found in modern design.

A street car emerges from the shadows of the urban canyon carved between high rise office towers. Pedestrians become silhouettes in the early morning light. An early Sunday morning in downtown Toronto:

Early Morning, Downtown Toronto
Early Morning, Downtown Toronto

A daring facade wiggles between more traditional office towers:

University Street, Toronto
University Street, Toronto

A modern condo building rises above the traditional Victorian and Edwardian streetscape of the city center. Taxis fill the street below in the hustle and bustle of the human beehive of activity, while overhead power lines for streetcars divide the sky into grids:

New Condos, Toronto
New Condos, Toronto

The CN Tower soars above downtown, framed by other towers. The sweeping roofline of the concert hall below directs the eye to the CN Tower from any angle:

CN Tower, Concert Hall
CN Tower, Concert Hall

Modern apartments frame an industrial-era chimney in a contrast of textures:

Two Towers, Toronto
Two Towers, Toronto

Two street lamps crane forward into the scene in zoomorphic curves, the necks and heads of two flamingos, breaking the chaotic geometry of the polygonal tower behind them:

Two Streetlamps, Reflections, Glass and Steel
Two Streetlamps, Reflections, Glass and Steel

Looking straight up, towers and street lamps criss-cross the sky:

Streetlamp and Skyscraper
Streetlamp and Skyscraper

Mirrored windows of one tower reflect upon another, as vertical lines converge out of frame:

The Two Towers Between Two Towers
The Two Towers Between Two Towers

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