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May 31, 2014

Mirvish+Gehry 2.0

With the new design, Frank Gehry is "concerned with producing a silhouette that would be dignified on Toronto's skyline, unique to the city, and convey humanity, something they feel is essential but difficult to achieve."

For the larger west tower, Gehry needed a way to break up its perceived bulk, and looked for a specifically Canadian motif to abstract it from. Having come to know the Group of Seven works well during his time working on the AGO, Gehry settled upon the waterfalls so often depicted in the Group's northern Ontario landscape paintings. That waterfall image is being realized as a cascade of glass down the centre of west tower, angled so that during summer sunsets in particular it should reflect back to the city a shimmering display of changing light.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 31, 2014 08:27 AM