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2005 04 04
Day 2
imageStudio / Site
We work in a loft on the north-east corner of King Street and John Street. Located just west of Toronto’s Financial District in the downtown core, our studio is located on a site that acts as a hinge between the city’s media and entertainment districts. John Street is a north-south arterial which terminates on axis with Grange Park to the north, and the SkyDome to the south. Grange Park was the original property and home of the Toronto’s founder, John Graves Simcoe. The Georgian-style house is now a part of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Eventually the John Street terminus will be crowned by Frank Gehry’s expansion to the AGO. In the last 15 years John Street has developed into Toronto’s media corridor and is now lined with major media and tourist destinations such as CITY-TV(home of programs such as Much Music and Bravo!), the National Film Board, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) which was designed by Philip Johnson, the SkyDome, the CN Tower, and commercial venues and restaurants such as the Paramount Theatre, Chapters bookstore, and others.

King Street reflects the British origins of the city and is also one of the arterial streets that forms the large scale matrix that organizes the city. In the last twenty years the west end of King Street has evolved into a culturally dense district, and is lined with major theatre and music performance venues such as the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and Roy Thomson Hall as well as strips of restaurants and cafes, hotels, and residential developments.

The north-west corner will be the site of the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival building that KPMB is designing.

The building we work in is an industrial loft constructed of exposed load bearing masonry walls, and heavy timber columns and beams made of Douglas Fir. The hardwood floors are Maple. The ceilings are very high and the windows are very large, filling the studio with lots of natural light. The building, built in 1907 after the Great Fire that destroyed so much of this part of Toronto, was named the Eclipse Whitewear Building which was later adapted as the initial home of the Toronto Sun newspaper, and renovated in the 1970’s by two architects, Barton Myers and Jack Diamond, to create office workspace. This building has been KPMB's home since the firm was founded in 1987.
[email this story] Posted by Bruce Kuwabara on 04/04 at 09:58 AM

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