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Postby helloinsane » Wed Jan 21, 2004 6:51 pm

Also http://www.ocad.on.ca/, with some sequential construction shots at http://www.ocad.on.ca/watchusbuild/index.html

It's quite arresting right now - the box is enclosed. Mmm, floaty box.
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Postby MG » Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:32 pm

Very arresting -- the building hovering over the neighbourhood is very Thunderbirds.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:12 pm

Kind off ungainly to me - like the martian's machines in War of the Worlds....
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Postby helloinsane » Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:52 pm

There's a slight slope to the street from south to north which helps it, but I've always thought Alsop had a strange concept of scale.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Jan 22, 2004 8:37 pm

With you on that....
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Postby helloinsane » Thu Feb 12, 2004 9:57 pm

Some fresh pictures here. Still big and floaty, especially as a white box against a white sky.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:54 am

the cladding will look fabulous against a blue sky - still thinking War of the Worlds
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Postby sw101 » Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:35 am

yeesh
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Postby MG » Mon Feb 16, 2004 7:50 pm

Any idea of what the internal spaces will be like?
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Postby helloinsane » Mon Feb 16, 2004 10:09 pm

Haven't heard - it's a teaching facility, so I'd imagine it's mainly studio space. I'm kicking myself I didn't get pictures of it when it was just an open frame steel box. Now *that* was cool...
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Postby MG » Mon Mar 29, 2004 6:11 pm

Any more photos?
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Postby helloinsane » Mon Mar 29, 2004 9:41 pm

Took some at lunchtime, will upload them this evening. I've gotten it into my head that it should have been an open ended box at the north and south ends (amazing lake view).
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Postby helloinsane » Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:56 am

New images here. First warm day of the year...
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:18 am

Looks good - can you send me hi-res ones for throwing up on canada.archiseek.com? usual email paul@archeire.com
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:38 pm

Thanks for the photographs...
Anyone interested can see larger shots here:

http://canada.archiseek.com/ontario/toronto/ocad/index.html
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Postby MG » Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:50 am

Looking good - shocking!
What's the local reaction?
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Postby L1 » Wed Apr 21, 2004 6:19 pm

Just been to see it, although not the internal spaces, I was worried about the shadows, but even though I have not seen it in bright sunshine, I do not think these will be so bad as in other parts of the downtown. As usual with Alsop some shoddy bits, but bringing the cladding round the soffit is great and it doesn't look expensive. Hey does anyone know who built the kind of crinkly rusty gold-coloured skyscraper not far from The Dominion ?
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri May 07, 2004 12:24 am

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Maybe I am the only architect who looked at your front cover picture “Table for Toronto” (News April 16) and thought, “Thank God I don’t live in Canada”.

That poor defenceless Victorian building being trodden on by an invader from another world of class unpleasantness. What a streetscape. Graffiti walls, hideous coloured raking poles and a box of tricks from Lego.

Call this architecture. And it’s for a design college.

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Postby helloinsane » Fri May 07, 2004 8:18 pm

Not a single sentence in that letter is properly constructed. Wonder what it looked like before the editors got to it?

I'm no great fan of Alsop's work, but this kind of puerile, doom-saying critique is a little simplistic coming from an architect. The grafitti walls are actually a mural on the temporary museum building just down the street, and the 'poor victorian' is a fairly pedestrian townhouse forward of the overhang [objects in photographs may be further apart than they appear].
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Postby sw101 » Fri May 07, 2004 8:45 pm

it's a minger alright...
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri May 07, 2004 9:15 pm

So you don't like it?
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Postby sw101 » Fri May 07, 2004 9:52 pm

it's very much an advertisment for alsop rather than a beneficial insert into the area methinks...

don't know the area or the setting but from the images it just comes across as being so...wrong....out of place....other worldly and such like..

it just seems very insensitive, which is a bad thing in my book
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