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Old June 10th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #21
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Brutalism+stupid cladding=epic fail.
Idea is not bad at all but the material seem to be quite old and dirty
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Old June 10th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #22
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Hey, I'm from the Toronto area and I can't help notice how ugly the current Toronto city hall is (bellow) and cannot understand 1) why it was built in the first place? 2) why the city doesn't go back to its old city hall (second picture bellow, which initially was supposed to be demolished, why? I have no idea). Just wondering if any other cities have decided to cast away beautiful classic buildings in favour of hideous post modern - in Toronto's case alien space ship lookalike - buildings. As well as what others opinions are on this practice of replacing classics with bunkers... Penn Station cough cough.



you sir have no taste!
toronto city hall is a master piece of modernism. granted it could do with a face lift but even without one it is iconic. as a matter of fact i actually remember the first time i saw a photo of it while in elementary school. i had never heard of toronto but thought that the city hall was the coolest building i had ever seen.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 01:16 AM   #23
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Tel Aviv's city hall can win this contest without any problem:


Brutalism+stupid cladding=epic fail.
I think we have a winner...er, loser. Blecch.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:02 AM   #24
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That one is the 'fugliest' one posted thus far.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:44 AM   #25
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Tel Aviv wins! Really looking forward to see if something beats it
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Old June 11th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #26
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http://fansinaflashbulb.files.wordpr...pg?w=358&h=287

OK, I cheated. This is Hiroshima's City Hall roughly October 14-November 26, 1945. It looked better before the nuclear bomb went off.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #27
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We've got a pretty ugly city hall.



Sometimes, it's all done up in colours, which only serves to make it look worse.

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Old June 12th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #28
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I don't thinkl all that modernist town halls are that ugly... Tel Aviv needs some renovation, but to call it ugly?
"It's a child of its time".
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Old June 12th, 2010, 12:47 PM   #29
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source

Another ugly candidate.
Stuttgart in Germany.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 01:09 PM   #30
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Whats ugly about it?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #31
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While i wouldn't call Toronto's city hall attractive or good looking, it isn't the worst.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 06:20 PM   #32
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Tel aviv wins.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #33
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actually i like the torontos new one
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Old June 13th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #34
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Definitely not, in my opinion.

I quite like the design. I remember being in Toronto with a few buddies, drunk...it was a summer night, around midnight, and we were close to City Hall.

I don't know why or how, but I looked up at it, and I suddenly felt inspired. It was an amazing, uplifting feeling, like a sudden, explosive hope mixed with happiness. I never felt it before, and I knew it definitely wasn't from the booze...I can't really explain it, there's no words.

But, I love the building and whenever I see it, it reminds me of that night.

I seriously don't like the classic-style City Halls. The architecture is beautiful but I don't think such old-looking buildings should be used as city halls; needs something more modern to suit that functionality.

Not trying to offend anyone, but Oslo's is particularly ugly . Tel Aviv is the clear winner!
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Old June 13th, 2010, 04:26 AM   #35
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I have a love-hate relationship with Toronto's city hall, which I think is overall a good thing. Architecture that stirs strong emotions is a positive and serves a value in society. I think the much larger problem with Toronto's city hall is Nathan Philip's square which, as has already been noted, is currently in the middle of a multimillionaire renovation and rejuvenation.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 10:11 AM   #36
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you sir have no taste!
toronto city hall is a master piece of modernism. granted it could do with a face lift but even without one it is iconic. as a matter of fact i actually remember the first time i saw a photo of it while in elementary school. i had never heard of toronto but thought that the city hall was the coolest building i had ever seen.
I'm a little surprised by how many people think the building is attractive never mind a "master piece". I'm not sure if this is some sort of forced appreciation or not, though I'll tell you that future generations will not appreciate this now not-so-modern (master?) piece.

Arzaranh, possibly you are old/a baby boomer, and for this reason still call something built in the 1960s modernism - I believe the type of architecture used on Toronto city hall is now referred to as 'brutalism'... then again I'm no architect or art history major so I couldn't say.

In my mind a city hall is a token which should represent the history of a city and in a sense symbolize a city's identity. I can definitely see how it is hit and miss when creating a modern building when it comes to putting up something that will stay attractive for years to come, though I believe that Toronto City Hall and most buildings from that time period will not 'stand the test of time'. Whereas a building like Toronto's Old City Hall is a classic and I believe always will remain attractive. Though like Arzaranh said it is possible that I just have no taste... or just a taste for what is seasoned.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #37
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Just want to add that the Oslo city hall building is pretty nice.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 11:44 AM   #38
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Yup, very ugly
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Old June 14th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #39
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Yup, I agree. Toronto's City hall is a masterpiece but I think it is time for a face lift.
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Toronto's city hall is too sexy. Oslo and Tel aviv city halls are pretty shit though
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