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Table Top Archicture

As you are used to from me, first a photo to make you curious. A detail of a building that reveals that it is a special design. The second and third photo will expose the mystery of the first photo.

The "TABLE TOP" is the nickname of the Sharp Center for Design in Toronto.
An extension of the OCAD University.
Designed by British architect Will Ansop in collaboration with Robbie / Young + Wright Architects from Toronto.

The architect himself described the building from 2004 as the 'tabletop'. The building is two stories high and is 26 meters above ground level. The "block box" of 30 x 8.5 meters with a height of 9 meters is supported by twelve multicoloured sloping legs of 26 meters high. The sides of the Sharp Center are painted in a seemingly random pattern of black squares on a white background. A sloping tower connects the modern steel structure with the already existing building below.

Despite the fact that there was some criticism of this unconventional design, the building has won many awards and is considered one of the "Landmarks" of Toronto.
It is therefore surprising that a picture of it has only been placed on TE twice before.

Unfortunately the circumstances were not ideal.
Strongly changing light conditions, scaffolding that stood obstructs the view and a camera with erratic
Behaviour made it rather difficult to deliver a top performance.

I would like to point out to you the remarkable architecture of the houses next to the tabletop (photo 2).

■ Picture 1: ◄ Close Up from below ►


■ Picture 2: ◄ Street View ►


■ Picture 3: ◄Side View ►


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