SANTIAGO CALATRAVA: The Galleria, 181 Bay Street

The Galleria, 181 Bay Street, Financial District, connects Bay with Yonge Street.  Architect – Santiago Calatrava.  The “hall of light” is five storeys high and runs parallel to Front Street.  One floor below is a connection to the Hockey Hall of Fame.  First class art and cultural events are often presented here.

For large commercial developments, the City requires that 1% of the budget be devoted to ‘public art’. This has resulted in some rather horrific sculptures decorating plazas of little use. But in this case, the architects proposed the Galleria itself as public art. Happily, the City agreed and the result is (one of) Toronto’s finest indoor public spaces. Not to be missed!

Subway stop – KING or UNION



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