favourite buildings

anonymous asked:

Hello! I wanted to thank you for running this cool blog, it helps me to remember why I chose to study architecture during stressful times. As someone who comes from a country that has a lot of forests, I am curious about your thoughts of wood as a building material. Are you more of a classic or a modern wooden aesthetic person? What are some of your favourite wooden buildings? Well, that's all I have for now, have a good day!


Wood has many advantages. It is and exceptional insulator and energy saver, it is light and easy to build with so it save money, and environmentally friendly if deforestation is properly addressed. I guess I am more of a modern aesthetic person. Here are some recent wood buildings that I like:

LiYuan Library Li Xiaodong Atelier

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Why I Love Doors Open Toronto: The architectural beauty of our city

Doors Open Toronto is by far my favourite event in the city. This year marks the festivals 18th anniversary, which offers free access to 150 buildings across the city. This year Doors Open Toronto is part of the city’s TO Canada with Love program in celebration of Canada 150. There are a few new buildings featured this year as well as new experiences to be enjoyed at usual Doors Open Toronto locations. 

Below are the five building on the top of my list this year as well as my top five all-time favourite Doors Open Toronto buildings.

My 2017 Top Five Venues

Arts & Letters Club

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 14 Elm St. (Close to Yonge and Dundas)

Originally opened by the St. George’s Society in 1891, the building is a national historic site designed by Edwards & Webster with alterations by Sproatt and Rolph. Since 1920 it has bee home to the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.

(Courtesy of BlogTO)

Massey Hall

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 178 Victoria St. (Across from CF Toronto Eaton Centre)

The concert venue is probably the most famous in the city and it is about to be shut down for a few years to undergo a massive revitalization and expansion. The highlight for me is not only the history, but the fact explorers will be able to have their 15 seconds of fame as they take centre stage at this historic venue.

(Courtesy of The Canadian Encyclopedia

R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location:  2701 Queen St. E. (Close to the end of 501 streetcar)

Known as The Palace of Purification, the Doors Open Toronto tour will allow you to see the Pump House and Filter Building as well as enjoy a concert on Saturday. 

(Courtesy of TaylorHazell.com)

Toronto School of Art at Kent Sr. Public School

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: (Right across from Dufferin Station)

This century old school was closed by the TDSB in 2012, but has had a number of educational organizations call it home since. Though I doubt its century old interior is still intact, passing by it every day has peaked my curiosity. Not to mention it is going to be redeveloped in the coming years.

(Courtesy of Block.ca

The Daniel’s Building (One Spadina Crescent)

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 1 Spadina Crest. (Right in the middle of Spadina, you can’t miss it)

One Spadina Crest. has an interesting history involving a young Amelia Earhart, an unsolved murder and a lot of eye balls. The building is in the final stages of its restoration and expansion, with the first public preview at Doors Open Toronto. 

My Five All-Time Favourite Venues

Canada Life

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 330 University Ave. (Close to University and Queen)

Once the tallest building on University Ave., Canada Life was completed in 1931 with its famed weather beacon added in 1951. The experience allows a tour of the magnificent lobby as well as a rare look at the city from the 17th floor observation room closed to the general public.  

(Courtesy of Tribe Magazine) 

Commerce Court

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 25 King St. W. (Close to Yonge and King)

Built in 1931 the stunning building illustrates the confidence and power of Canadian banks. It was also the tallest building in the British Empire until 1962 at 34 storeys. Its stunning gold-coffered ceiling and Art Deco style make it a treasured historic site. This year, aside from the regular oohs and aahs, CIBC will lower one of the chandeliers for an up-close look.

Historic Don Jail (Bridgepoint Active Healthcare)

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 1 Bridgepoint Dr. (Close to Broadview and Gerrard)

The William Thomas designed prison was the site of the final hangings in Canada and a grave site in the back, which was found during the building of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. Today it has been beautifully restored as offices for the health facility next door. The tour will allow patrons to see the jail cells and the eerie rotunda.

Humber Historic Tunnel Tours

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 19 Colonel Samuel Smith Park

As a former Humber student, we didn’t have access to the tunnels. The tunnels were built for the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and feature super eerie murals by patients as well as rust spots where supposedly patients were chained. I personally had a paranormal experience during my Doors Open Toronto tour four years ago. You’ll not only explore the tunnels, but the cottages where the patients stayed. Make sure to check out Cottage G, which has finally been restored.

Masonic Temple

  • Date(s) + Time(s): Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 888 Yonge St. (A block north of the Toronto Reference Library)

The six-storey building was once home to the Freemasons. Its real claim to fame was when it became a concert hall hosting David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and more. Bell Media called it home for a time and now it is a corporate office with a truly stunning fitness room and two-storey slide. It does keep its old-style charm with the Masonic meeting room and concert stage, which will come alive again later this year. 


“The Great Handel Festival” participation medal

On June 15-19, 1857, the Crystal Palace in London held a grand festival celebrating the works of Georg Friedrich Händel, two years before it held an even grander festival commemorating the hundredth anniversary of his death.  Each of the roughly 2,500 performers received a bronze medal, 42mm in diameter, with their name engraved on the edge – this particular medal was given to an “S. Daniell”, whose identity and particular contribution to the festival I will try to find out someday.

Handel is one of my favourite composers, and the Crystal Palace one of my favourite historical buildings, so to have a medal in my collection now which represents the two – and which was originally owned by one of the performers themselves – is pretty special to me. :)


via google images my five favourite buildings in melbourne

manchester unity building, corner swanston and collins streets
yule house, little collins street
city of melbourne building, corner elizabeth and little collins streets
tomasetti house, flinders lane
mitchell house, corner elizabeth and lonsdale streets

anonymous asked:

Hi there! Have you by any chance already told about your favourite buildings in Helsinki? If not, could you, please?

We have featured our favorite Finland projects and many posts about Helsinki and Finland. Like in the previous Finland posts only one Alvar Aalto project allowed because if not I could fill the sic spots with Aalto projects.

Here are some additional projects in Helsinki:

Helsinki Cathedral

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St Pancras Station, in London, designed by George Gilbert Scott and engineered by William Henry Barlow, is seen here during the construction of the roof in October 1868.

The latticed ribs of the train shed’s roof were built by the Butterley Company, a Derbyshire ironworks firm, and erected with the aid of a giant moveable timber scaffold. The roof’s arch measures 30.5 metres by 73 metres.

Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images 

triplash  asked:

Hello! I have a question related to a project that's on-going with a completely useless architect that among many blunders failed to mention in his translation that the planning application has to be in-keeping with 'agricultural' buildings aka aesthetics, in design. Do you have any suggestions or favourites of rural buildings with a hard working exterior to conceal something much different inside? P.S Planning application in FR is a real pain 0/10 would recommend.. Thanks Archy! <3

I feel your pain, but probably everyone thinks the same thing, that their own planning application is the BIGGER pain! Maybe one of these examples helps:


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The Brilliant Beresford

I’ve briefly mentioned The Beresford Hotel before and it’ll come as no surprise to most of you that this example of Streamline Moderne is one of my favourite buildings in the city.

It was originally built a year before the outbreak of World War II (that’s 1938, history fans) to provide accommodation for visitors attending the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park. Unusually its architect was also the owner and managing director of the hotel, something which I’m sure your boy from Grand Designs would be furious about.

During the war it became a favourite haunt of American servicemen but it went into steep decline after the war and was sold off to Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in 1952 and was converted to offices.

It was sold again in 1964 to Strathclyde University who reconverted it into accommodation for their students and renamed it Baird Hall, both uses a far cry from the glamour of its original purpose.

The Beresford was converted again in 2003 to private apartments and, speaking as someone who used to live on Sauchiehall Street, they must be lovely and quiet at the weekends.

Image Sources (Row-by-row L-R):

[1] The Beresford Hotel shortly after opening in 1938. (Source: Glasgow City Archives)
[2] Renovated Beresford Hotel c. 2007. The unit on the right is now a Tesco. (Source: seapigeon/Flickr)
[3] The Beresford during its stint as the headquarters of ICI c. 1955 (Source: Partick Camera Club/RCAHMS)

[4] Sir James Campbell in caricature. (Source: The Glasgow Story)
[5] The Beresford shown on the left in this Miller & Lang postcard. (Source: Miller & Lang Postcard Archive)

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