NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE – DAY AND NIGHT IT’S THE BEATING HEART OF THE CITY

<ABOVE – a lone skater on the Square’s ice rink as the sun comes up. PHOTO – Bryan Blenkin>

<BELOW this year’s Official Christmas/Holiday card features Nathan Phillips Square>

<ABOVE – Finnish architect Viljo Revell, shows his design for New City Hall to Professor Takamasa Yoshizaka in 1960; PHOTO – Gilbert A. Milne>

<ABOVE – Opening Night for New City Hall in 1965. Unfortunately Mr. Revell, the architect, had passed away the previous year.>

In 2007 an international design competition was launched to bring the square into the 21st century. The 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.

<ABOVE –  the Square, site of the city’s Christmas Tree, fireworks on Canada Day and at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  The TORONTO sign was inaugurated for the PanAm/ParaPanAm Games and has now become a popular photo-taking site – rivaling the CN Tower.>

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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.square3The 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.

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