A PRESTIGIOUS ARCHITECTURAL MEDAL GOES TO TORONTO’S NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE

square1The architects who oversaw the multi-million dollar revitalization of TORONTO’s civic square will be awarded The Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. Finnish architect VILJO REVELL’s modernest design, unveiled in 1965, wasn’t looking its best by 2007 when an international design competition was launched to bring the square into the 21st century.square3square4The rebuild was accomplished by a consortium of mostly TORONTO firms. Architects and designers from Perkins + Will and PLANT Architect Inc. over hauled everything, installing new fountains, a permanent stage, moving the Peace Garden with its full-growth trees, and planting a green roof around the third level of City Hall itself.

square5    Nathan Phillips Square – named after a popular former mayor – is the largest civic square in Canada. You can’t ignore it. It’s the most unique structure in town.

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