"Allen Lambert Galleria, sometimes described as the "crystal cathedral of commerce", is an atrium designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava which connects Bay Street with Sam Pollock Square. The six story high pedestrian thoroughfare is structured by eight freestanding supports on each side of the Galleria, which branch out into parabolic shapes evoking a forest canopy or a tree-lined avenue because of the presence of building facades along the sides of the structure.”
This project was completed in 1992. Calatrava used similar design concepts on a much larger scale to cover the Oriente Station in Lisbon.
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divail (8334) 2012-12-15 19:36
C'est un endroit magnifique. Une belle lumière, bien gérée, éclaire la composition. Il faudrait que je retourne à Toronto, il y a tellement longtemps que je n'y ai été.
Noel_Byrne (31666) 2013-08-18 4:41
This is incredible :) Quite frankly, I am amazed that this shot has not got dozens of comments, as its a striking architectural scene, and a perfect capture of the unique vision of Calatrava. I have heard people say before that his work tends to look all the same, and perhaps on bridges that is the case, but this is a wonderful place. The effects of the light pouring through the atrium gives an almost heavenly feel.
Thanks for sharing this, I am very pleased to learn of this place today.
All the best
- Copyright: Barnabas Bozoki (bbarna) (1049)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2004-05-29
- Categories: Architecture
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- Theme(s): Toronto Contemporary Architecture [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-15 7:15