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What was actually built as the Imperial Oil building must have looked quite imposing up on St Clair when it was originally constructed. What with the elevation distance compared to downtown. I'm glad they were able to repurpose it, but some of the details in the condo conversion are not... good.
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What was actually built as the Imperial Oil building must have looked quite imposing up on St Clair when it was originally constructed. What with the elevation distance compared to downtown. I'm glad they were able to repurpose it, but some of the details in the condo conversion are not... good.
People that actually have to work at City Hall might have wished that the boring design had won, since Revel’s curved towers are reportedly not very practical for interior space. When the megacity was instituted, it sounded like most people were hoping to move to Metro Hall, but the icon won out.
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They’ve been installing opaque glass along the ground floor at the back of Toronto City Hall in the last few weeks, so the innocent pleasure of gawking at our civil servants’ desks and screensavers is now forever lost.
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Not my town but for Sudbury there are three, the Big Nickle, Big Smoke @ 380 metres (1,250 ft) tall, and Science North.

[IMG]The 'Big Nickel' by Tim Ball, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Vale Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery Smoke Stacks - Sudbury, Ontario by Tony Webster, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]science north by Cameron Nawalaniec, on Flickr[/IMG]
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People that actually have to work at City Hall might have wished that the boring design had won, since Revel’s curved towers are reportedly not very practical for interior space. When the megacity was instituted, it sounded like most people were hoping to move to Metro Hall, but the icon won out.
I believe it! I worked in Metro Hall for a year (great building) and heard how annoying the setup at City Hall proper was. People spent way too much time going up and down to different floors because of the small and awkward floor plates.
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The green roof is a neat aspect, and pretty cool how easily the building was able to adapt a modern trend. How many city halls have a park on them?
The stylistic curve of City Halls podium to the square (which is where you get to the green roof) is a really nice touch I must add. It adds an inviting and pleasant sight for the front of City Hall....and yes, the green roof is such a great aspect of City Hall now that we have it:
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I believe it! I worked in Metro Hall for a year (great building) and heard how annoying the setup at City Hall proper was. People spent way too much time going up and down to different floors because of the small and awkward floor plates.
There's been a trend toward contorting buildings to make them stand out, I guess because ornamentation went out of style a century ago. You could also signify that a building is special through higher quality materials and finishes but that doesn't say much about the architect.

A lot of older buildings were designed by craftsmen. An expert stonemason might become an architect. But now the architect portion tends to be divorced from the craftsmanship portion (if there is any craftsmanship).

One big trend these days is toward automated production, which allows you to build large volumes of identical buildings cheaply. But it could also be used to add a level of detailing to a higher quality building than would have been previously possible. I am not sure we have seen much of that yet, or at least it is nowhere near its potential.
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There's been a trend toward contorting buildings to make them stand out,
Yes, in the case of the Royal Ontario Museum, as soon as Liebeskind submitted the "Crystal" the competition was over. It didn't matter how the interior would actually function. Toronto was desperate for a contorted building. Now they're having to substantially re-work the entrance areas because the design is so bad.
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The only thing I don't like about the ROM Crystal is the cladding. I realize the price of titanium made that option impossible but I'm surprised they couldn't do better than what we ended up with.
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I actually like the cladding. At first I was disapointed that we didn't get titanium or all glass but I think the end result is striking. It's impossible to walk past without seeing people taking pictures of it. The only Libeskind cladding I'm not a fan of is on L Tower.
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Although I do not live in Vancouver, I do think that their main public library building is iconic.



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