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Old June 4th, 2006, 10:39 PM   #1
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TORONTO: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

It's almost complete, so I decided I'd show the world (as in non-Toronto SSC forumers)

Toronto's Opera House
(and Ballet venue)


Background:

Designed by Toronto architect Jack Diamond and located at 145 Queen St. W., the Four Seasons Centre integrates the best features of the grand European opera houses with innovative technology in acoustics and sightlines. The dramatic glass staircase and glass curtain in the City Room showcase revolutionary engineering never before seen in Canada. It will be the world-class opera house that our great city of Toronto so richly deserves.

As well as being the new home of the Canadian Opera Company, the Four Seasons Centre will also be the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada. It will attract international-calibre artists in both opera and dance, along with international attention.

About the building:

The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, located on the southeast corner of Queen and University in downtown Toronto, will be a 2,000 seat theatre specifically designed for opera and ballet with the highest level of acoustics. The traditional four-tiered European horseshoe-shaped auditorium lined with resonant wood and plaster will provide unparalleled intimacy between the audience and the stage, with every seat computer-tested for the best possible sightlines. The facility will also consist of a four-storey City Room facing University Avenue, a generous rehearsal room, ballet studio, box office entrance and back-of-house areas such as dressing rooms, wardrobe and instrument storage. The facility will also accommodate some guest lounges such as sponsors' corporate lounge, president's council and founders' lounge. The building also has underground parking for 196 vehicles.

The main reception room, The City Room, will have granite floor on the ground level, with carpet and hardwood on the upper floors. All exposed structural steel will have metalic paint finish. All balconies overlooking the City Room will have structural glass balustrade and hardwood handrails. The City Room will also feature a glass staircase which will be the first of its kind in the world. The exterior finishes consist of black brick, zinc cladding, tempered storefront glass, structural glazing, curtainwall framing with insulated glazing and some ceramic frit glass areas.

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Credit goes to fourseasonscentre.ca, PCL Contractors, and numerous forumers

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Old June 5th, 2006, 01:43 AM   #2
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The glass side looks nice but the black side looks pretty bad. Looks better in person really, but still a great building!
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Old June 5th, 2006, 02:25 AM   #3
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Not bad for $10. Diamond did an okay job considering the cost of this thing.

Nothing too spectacular though. It won't be on any postcards.
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Old June 5th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #4
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And here we are...CENTRE STAGE!!!

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Old June 5th, 2006, 03:06 AM   #5
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I think some people are waaaaaaaay too hard on this building.... it is very beautiful.
Look at how sculptural it is, and think how well it will serve the purpose it serves.
He has followed his principles and produced an Opera House that we can be proud of.
He deserves two thumbs up for this project!!
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Old June 5th, 2006, 03:10 AM   #6
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It's what's on the inside that counts. This is an opera house first, icon, last. The acoustics must sound the best or else the project is a failure.
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Old June 5th, 2006, 07:31 AM   #7
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The interior's very nice. I like the wood and the glass stairs.
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Old June 5th, 2006, 09:47 AM   #8
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Quote:
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It's what's on the inside that counts. This is an opera house first, icon, last. The acoustics must sound the best or else the project is a failure.
I don't agree with you, I think Toronto failed on this one. A good opera house need to be iconic, served as landmark also since it is a cultural building it need to reflect the local cultural and history...as for a box it look fine.
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Old June 7th, 2006, 03:06 AM   #9
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Really so nice.




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Old June 7th, 2006, 03:42 AM   #10
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This building is indeed iconic... One of the best Opera houses in the world! the glass staircase, all-glass west entrance, elegant Queen St. side (South side too will eventually be improved - Jack Diamond's original rendering called for a $500 000 glass canopy on the Richmond Street side that was cut to save money& stay on budget), along with the stunning interior.
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Old June 9th, 2006, 03:29 AM   #11
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I love this one....it shows that you don't need to spend the big money to look pretty good....
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Old June 9th, 2006, 03:53 AM   #12
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The inside is better than the outside IMO. It looks fantastic!
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Old June 9th, 2006, 03:53 AM   #13
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Don't forget its incredibly good acoustics.

And to me, it is iconic. It is a stunningly understated piece of new Toronto style. The problem-solving behind it has been great as well.

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Old June 9th, 2006, 05:20 AM   #14
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no coment for this boxy building.
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Old June 9th, 2006, 06:19 AM   #15
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I think it should have been taller. Maybe 60 stories. Somewhere around there. I guess the shadows on Osgoode Hall prevented this from becoming reality.
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Old June 9th, 2006, 06:34 AM   #16
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60 stories!!!....
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Old June 9th, 2006, 06:36 AM   #17
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Quote:
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I don't agree with you, I think Toronto failed on this one. A good opera house need to be iconic, served as landmark also since it is a cultural building it need to reflect the local cultural and history...as for a box it look fine.

Not to mess with Texas, but I've been to Houston's Opera House. The Wortham Theater Center really missed the mark (because it tried to hit four marks).

I'm not sure what to think of the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. I'll need to see that one in the flesh.

I think time will be kind to this box in Toronto. There is a certain elegance to it that is not seen in pictures. It is subtle, just like Toronto.

Let the fat lady sing after we see crowds of people dressed to the nines on display in those glass lobbies. That is the moment of aesthetic truth for this project.
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Old June 9th, 2006, 07:25 PM   #18
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The interior's very nice. I like the wood and the glass stairs.
Same here, very classy, I like it!
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Old June 9th, 2006, 07:42 PM   #19
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I like the inside, but I would've preferred a better exterior. It looks too plain and BOXY!
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Old June 10th, 2006, 03:33 AM   #20
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Amazing building but the glass stairs are kinda scary! How did they do that?
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