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Old March 18th, 2011, 01:25 AM   #61
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the question posed by this thread is silly. had it just been "ugly city halls" without the anti-Toronto's bias, then maybe... but I work on Queen Street and not a day goes by, in any weather, that I don't see people eagerly taking photos of the place. A matter of opinion doesn't need to be skewed by an already biased question, imo. For one, there are countless uglier city halls... especially in smaller cities and towns. Just driving distance away... Mississauga's looks like a prison.... and Hamilton's is pretty bleak... if you ax me.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 01:30 AM   #62
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Oslo City Hall is amazing, its possibly my favourite piece of modernism there is, as it's one of the very few examples of ornate modernism. I love how medieval it looks still (note the criss-cross brickwork in the towers)

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I think it looks better from the other side though. What everyone have been discussed until now have been the backside.
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It does have some nifty details.
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It's probably the most hated and the most loved building here in the city. I love it.

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Old March 18th, 2011, 04:01 AM   #63
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Tel Aviv's city hall can win this contest without any problem:


Brutalism+stupid cladding=epic fail.
what is that heart doing on the steps?
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Old March 18th, 2011, 06:36 AM   #64
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Toronto's is very nice. I actually quite like Edmonton's too.

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Old March 21st, 2011, 09:34 AM   #65
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I was born and live in NYC and raised in Columbus Ohio. So the cityhall where I'm from kick ass
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 02:15 PM   #66
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I think as far as you speak about brutalism this is the champion...

Kragujevac, Serbia

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...but we have also some pretty ones...

City hall in Subotica, Serbia





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Novi Sad

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Belgrade



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Old March 23rd, 2011, 03:17 PM   #67
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City Hall is the best piece of archtecture in Toronto IMO.

It has enormous symolism with the arches hugging/defending the council chamber which then opens up onto the square, the place for the people to congregate (protest, celebrate, pontificate, etc). It is exactly what a city hall should be.

From the inside, it is great. I am more inpsired when I walk inside the building. The council chamber explodes from the very core of the building.

And from above, it is shaped like an eye, a reminder to everyone that works there that they need to keep close watch on the city, and that the city is keeping close watch on them (dang shame that amalgamation has impacted the focus of that gaze).

Despite all the poor behaviour present in municipal politics, this is certainly a building that commands respect from its occupants.
you forgot the ultimate symbolism hidden in plain-sight...

the windows face inward, not outward, to show how the bureaucracy see only themselves and not the actual needs of the people

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and oh, in terms of ugliness, i think Mississauga beats Toronto
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 09:17 PM   #68
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you forgot the ultimate symbolism hidden in plain-sight...

the windows face inward, not outward, to show how the bureaucracy see only themselves and not the actual needs of the people

* * *

and oh, in terms of ugliness, i think Mississauga beats Toronto
excellent assessment! - still think the building is cool though
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Old March 24th, 2011, 04:36 AM   #69
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Old March 24th, 2011, 04:58 AM   #70
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Yeah, I think Auckland can be added to the "ugly" mix.

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Old March 24th, 2011, 05:03 AM   #71
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Dallas' is so ugly it's almost cool... I kinda like it :s
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Old March 24th, 2011, 06:19 AM   #72
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My hometown Neubrandenburg has a beautiful city hall:



Luckily they didn't rebuild the old one wich was destroyed in the war:



Very impressive!

Re: Toronto City Hall - Its pretty good, just compare it with the schlock surrounding it. However, the concrete walkway around the square is as useless as most raised walkways and butt ugly to boot. I wish it were being demolished as part of the renovation of the square, but I don't think this is happening.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 08:56 PM   #73
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Thanks to a couple of great Finns...Viljo Revell for his swan song and greatest work (it's sad when great architects die young), and Eero Saarinen for rescuing this design from the reject bin (he was a day late to the competition) and convincing the rest of the panel to adopt it.

This monument literally changed the direction of Toronto as a city of the "future", rather than the dull victorian town it had been until WW2. There was much outcry from the public that this was just too "far out" for staid, conservative Toronto.

It's a 1950's "futuristic" building that still looks futuristic, rather than kitsch as most attempts of the time do now.

I like the fact that they didn't mess with "updating" it too much and completely ruining it...getting rid of that stupid "peace garden" that ruined the square is a good move.

And I like they kept the original Warren Platner furnished council lounge intact...

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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:37 PM   #74
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In this thread, I've only seen city halls that were built to be iconic or monumental so far.

What's even worse is a city hall that's dull and uninspiring, and whose only benefit is keeping the civil servants protected from the rain. Capelle aan den IJssel is a suburb of Rotterdam with approximately 60,000 inhabitants. This is what their city hall looks like:

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Old March 28th, 2011, 11:29 AM   #75
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The most horrible city halls in Spain. This is Cordoba, unbelievable in a so beautiful city





Ciudad Real.





León new city hall

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Kuala Lumpur City Hall

that tall white building in the middle of the first pic and 2nd pic...
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Old April 19th, 2011, 01:27 PM   #77
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KL's City Hall looks like it's not even trying. Was it always a city hall or did they move into an office building that was already there.

Dallas: WTF were they thinking with those flagpoles?

I spend a lot of time defending modernist architecture; personally I find it uplifting and optimistic. So I'll say I quite like many of the buildings here. Even Tel Aviv's, which would look nice with a little renewal. Kragujevac's (Serbia) is pretty awful but I still think it has potential with a color change, better surrounds, and removal of the external air conditioners.

Toronto City Hall is fantastic, and one of the better modernist buildings around. I used to spend a lot of time looking at it when I walked past and I love the sweeps and curves of its design.

There's a lot of hate for Boston's City Hall and I kind of understand why. It's a great building somehow and I appreciate the design, but it's just not suitable as a home for a city government. Too muscular and threatening. Maybe it'd make a good military headquarters?
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Old April 19th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #78
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...but we have also some pretty ones...

City hall in Subotica, Serbia
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This is now one of my favourite buildings ever. Such a beauty
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Old April 19th, 2011, 03:45 PM   #79
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Christchurch...



It didn't come down in the earthquake, but had some damage.

For all it's 6 star plus green credentials, it's an ugly building sadly. And as much as I'm lothed to say it - it has to join the ugly bunch
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Old April 19th, 2011, 08:26 PM   #80
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KL's City Hall looks like it's not even trying. Was it always a city hall or did they move into an office building that was already there.
I believe that building is purposely built for KL City Hall. Unfortunately nothing much on the internet about the building history. I've googled if KL had older City Hall building but found none so far. There's a proposal to redevelop that area, thus KL may have a new city hall building but it no news so far...
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