This fourteen storey library building is on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto, it is named after John P. Robarts, a former Premier of Ontario, but a.k.a the Book Fort, because of its appearance. It was built in 1973, and it is considered to be one of the good examples of the Brutalist style of architecture. The name of this style is derived from the French name of its dominant feature, raw concrete (béton brut) surfaces, This was a popular style in the 1970s in Ontario for public buildings. This is the main humanities and social sciences research library of the University, I specially liked its excellent collection of periodicals from all over the world, it was an invaluable source of information before the Internet age.
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Noel_Byrne (26998) 2014-01-10 10:22
I would never have put the age of this building in the 70's, and would expect to see buildings like this appear today in any city of the world. ONce again, you share a unique and attractive design of building, and I am really enjoying seeing these. Beautiful perspective to take in the length and breadth, while the light and shadow contrast is beautiful.
I see the face of a bird on the corner too.
Thanks as always
- Copyright: Barnabas Bozoki (bbarna) (820)
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- Date Taken: 2003-04-13
- Categories: Architecture
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- Theme(s): Toronto Contemporary Architecture [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-10 7:43