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Agora - Theatre

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Plant Architect Inc., Adrian Blackwell Urban Projects, Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects, Perkins and Will
location Toronto
function pavilion, square, theatre, urban plan
contributed by PLANT-Architect-Inc

In the spring of 2007, Plant Architect Inc. won the international competition to redesign the iconic Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall, in joint venture with Perkins+Will Canada. For this project, the team drew inspiration from the two main spaces of Athenian democracy: the Agora and the Theatre. Agora/Theatre includes a series of newly built and planted elements including a Theatre Terrace, Restaurant, Peace Garden, Skate Pavilion, and Bike and Visitor Kiosk. The stage is reconceived as a permanent public landscape, acting as a stair and terrace, connecting the walkways to the Square and serving both as bleachers for small performances and as a stage for larger ones. The project consists also of renovations to existing elements including updated and reconnected Elevated Walkways, and the new Podium Roof Garden - the first completed transformation in the Agora/Theatre scheme (see also on MIMOA).

In 2016, the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization received a Governor General's Medal in Architecture and a National Urban Design Award Medal.
Toronto, Canada 21-Oct-16
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Agora - Theatre
Queen Street West 100
Project is public!
Opening hours Open from Dawn till Dusk
How to get there? Located at 100 Queen Street West, easily accessed by the TTC Queen street car (501), or the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University line (exit Osgoode Station).
Completion 2014
Floor area/size 53000 m2
Main designer, Architect, Landscape architectPlant Architect Inc.
ArtistAdrian Blackwell Urban Projects
Landscape architectHoerr Schaudt landscape architects
ArchitectPerkins and Will
structural engineerBlackwell Bowick Engineering
Client City of Toronto
Project ID 9791
Latitude/Longitude 43°39'13N 79°23'03W
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