May 23rd, 2012
If you know more facts about Ghery’s Guggenheim than the AGO, and the last time you looked up at the Graduate House was on a drunken night in 1999, then it’s time to take a tour of your local architecture.
Margaret and Phil Goodfellow’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto ($24.95) is all the inspiration you’ll need to map out your tour. From private residences (the Levitt Goodman house on Euclid) to eye-popping landmarks (the Eatonville Public Library), this handy book is packed with exquisite buildings you’ve likely walked past, but never even seen.
Case in point: I’m a stone’s throw from U of T and only just discovered the “Trinity College Quadrangle.” —Athena Tsavliris
At Good Egg, 267 Augusta Ave., Toronto, 416-593-4663, www.goodegg.ca
March 17th, 2011
You love your quirky Georgian, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the open spaces, hard, clean lines and bold geometry of modern minimalism.
Spearheaded by Alan de Botton, Living Architecture invites you to experience what it’s like to live in an uber modern home while on vacation. There are three houses available (all in the U.K.), with more on the way.
The Balancing Barn, perched on the edge of a nature reserve a few miles inland from the Suffolk coast, is sensational, with designer furnishings, Miele appliances, Peter Reed bed linens and products from REN Skincare.
Dorothy obviously hadn’t stayed here when she said, “There’s no place like home.”
Visit Living Architecture for more info and pricing at www.living-architecture.co.uk
April 29th, 2009
It’s one of children’s fiction’s most iconic forms, but a new pop-up book has us grown-ups in mind.
Packed with 20 beautifully designed pop-up models, Anton Radevsky’s Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book brings us one step closer to some of the world’s most innovative, modern and contemporary architecture.
Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao and Foster’s "Gherkin" building, to name only a few.
Just make sure the sprockets don’t get their sticky fingers near the Eiffel Tower.
Available through Amazon.ca.
November 12th, 2008
It’s been six years in the making, but finally Toronto is getting its gallery back.
The Frank Gehry-refreshed Art Gallery of Ontario will open its doors this weekend. Don’t miss Frank Stella’s industrial sculptures, Peter Paul Rubens’ The Massacre of the Innocents and Paul Kane’s mid-19th-century Scene in the Northwest.
Yours to discover.
Admission is free November 14–16. AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 1-877-225-4246, www.ago.net