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Old May 7th, 2011, 12:57 PM   #121
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It’s not ugly in any way. It might be a bit outdated but that nothing that a good re-clad wouldn’t fix. I think it has potential to look very modern and beautiful if it had the right glass. The Bow in Calgary is dam near the same shape. It is one of the best looking skyscrapers in the world. The right improvements to this city hall could make your thread seem awfully redundant.
I'm against recladding. Today we might find some buildings ugly and in-a-need-of-regeneration, but if we regenerate every building we think is ugly, then let's say 100 years from now on there won't be any significant landmark from that era. Imagine what if our ancestors did the same to Gothic cathedrals or Baroque palaces when these styles finally became "inmodern" and "ugly" in people's eyes, we'd have very few landmarks from these eras.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #122
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What do people want it to be reclad with?? The façade was beautifully detailed and painstakingly assembled.

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Yes it is. You are confusing "Modern" with "Contemporary". The first refers to an architectural style "Modernism", and the second refers to buildings that are reasonably new. Toronto City Hall is "Modernist", and was designed a generation before "Brutalism" came on the scene. Your City Hall in Burlington could also be called "Modernist".

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I did a little tour of Nathan Philips Square in Toronto yesterday. I invite you to come in from Burlington some day, jayks1, and have a good look around! I think once you get to know Toronto, and its City Hall, you may discover that truer words were never spoken:

"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"












Lunch!!







They had to install little mesh gates to prevent skateboarders from trying to use the arches!





The Square has always been very popular with Torontonians and tourists alike, and is one of the focal points of our city, both in winter and summer.



Let's walk up one of those gentle sloping ramps, and see the beautiful new garden installed on the roof of the council chambers:



It has become an instant hit with visitors, and goes all around the building:











Let's have a closeup look at the careful attention that was paid to construction:



the visual texture and light/dark play was created by painstakingly attaching strips of rough stone to the concrete backing:





I find it hard to believe this futuristic looking building was designed well over half a century ago:









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Old May 7th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #123
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That is a really nice complex. Designed in good way. It's only a bit stupid it is used as city hall and not as hotel or so.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 07:38 PM   #124
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It is a beautiful building, and a classic example of 1950's modernism. How anyone could see it as being the ugliest City Hall in the world is absolutely beyond me.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 01:08 AM   #125
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It is a cool building
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Old May 8th, 2011, 02:48 PM   #126
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Cityhall of Amsterdam

Old Cityhall 1648-1665
Under Napoleon rule it became a royal palace. Currently it's still a royal palace, but the queen lives in The Hague.


Old Cityhall 1808-1988
Currently a 5 star hotel, Prinsenhof Grand Sofitel


Current Cityhall 1988-now

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Old May 9th, 2011, 01:28 AM   #127
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I don't think a re-cladding would take the ugly out of the Toronto city hall
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Old May 9th, 2011, 03:24 PM   #128
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Stockholm has a pretty freakin' ugly city hall as well. Just a dumb looking tower with no details whatsoever. Very dull.


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Old May 9th, 2011, 03:29 PM   #129
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I'm honestly not the biggest fan of it either. The crown is way too big and I find the use of gold quite tasteless really. But each to their own I guess.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 12:53 PM   #130
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One of a kind.

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Still Futuristic: Toronto City Hall January 2011 by Peter S Photography, on Flickr

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Still Futurisitic: Architecture Toronto City Hall January 15, 2011 by Peter S Photography, on Flickr

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Old May 14th, 2011, 03:37 AM   #131
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I think I found a winner.


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Old May 14th, 2011, 03:46 AM   #132
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I agree with you my friend, I feel this is a very impressive city hall.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 05:06 AM   #133
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Old May 14th, 2011, 11:50 AM   #134
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Old May 14th, 2011, 01:08 PM   #135
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It is a beautiful building, and a classic example of 1950's modernism. How anyone could see it as being the ugliest City Hall in the world is absolutely beyond me.
I totally agree with you. Mhhh well, i think it's because people tend to find randomly and weird pseudofuturistic buildings to be cooler, than simpler buildings. But in the end, it's everything a matter of taste, and it's good that everyone has another taste. I love the scenes from the Resident Evil movie, that were shot there.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 06:07 PM   #136
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I'm against recladding. Today we might find some buildings ugly and in-a-need-of-regeneration, but if we regenerate every building we think is ugly, then let's say 100 years from now on there won't be any significant landmark from that era. Imagine what if our ancestors did the same to Gothic cathedrals or Baroque palaces when these styles finally became "inmodern" and "ugly" in people's eyes, we'd have very few landmarks from these eras.
Quoted for truth.

Recladding should only be done for pragmatic purposes, not for the sake of fashion. Fashion is cyclical and in the case of architecture, changing already developed buildings for the sake of fashion is just a huge waste of money AND it will eventually deprive the building of its character.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #137
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That is one of the ugliest things I've ever seen. Whoever designed that should have their architecture degree revoked.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #138
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Lolz I actually like it.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 01:46 AM   #139
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juarez, mexico city hall looks like a hospital

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Old May 16th, 2011, 12:34 PM   #140
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Wow, I'm surprised this thread exists, out of all the city halls in the world people pick on Toronto's. Imo it's one of the best buildings in the city and one of the best examples of modernism in the world. Let's be honest there's some boring, lazy designed towers there, but city hall isn't one of them. If only every city could have a Louvre/Memphis arena inspired city hall like Edmonton's then we would all be overjoyed with civic pride. It's like going out to the West Edmonton mall without having to go to the West Edmonton mall.
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