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Sharp Center for Design

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Will Alsop
location Toronto
function education, laboratorium, university
contributed by jfuchs

This was built to accommodate an expansion of the Ontario College of Art & Design in downtown Toronto. The project was funded by the College, the Province of Ontario, and Rosalie and Isadore Sharp - the benefactors after whom the building is named. The building houses new art studios, lecture theatres, exhibit spaces, and faculty offices. The center is a two-story, black and white rectangular volume set atop brightly coloured, 26 meter tall columns, straddling existing buildings of the College. In addition to this most visible part of the building, an unbuilt space between existing buildings was filled, creating space for new functions while providing the elevator and stair core that services the upper levels. Provocative, unconventional, hopeful, whimsical, and perhaps irreverent, the building is remarkable in the context of Toronto. As a winner of a 2004 RIBA Worldwide Award, the building was described as "courageous, bold and just a little insane."

A lot of people miss the functional aspect of the stilts. They're not merely for spectacle, but provide a public space for the college to be maintained underneath, as well as a connection to Grange Park and views to the park for those across the street.

Alsop demonstrated a talent for functional problem solving design and creating spectacle.
Toronto, Canada 06-Feb-10
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Sharp Center for Design
McCaul Street 100
Project is public!
Opening hours There are no plans to provide public tours of the facility. The general pubic are invited periodically to OCAD for special exhibitions. The Graduate Exhibition held the second weekend every May is a great time to visit OCAD.
How to get there? The Sharp Centre for Design is located on McCaul Street, just south of Dundas Street, and north of Queen Street. It stands approximately one kilometer straight north of the CN Tower. By Subway: Take the University Line Subway to St.Patrick Station. Walk west on Dundas Street to McCaul. By Street Car (called 'the TTC' in Toronto): Take the Dundas Street Car to McCaul Street and walk south on McCaul; or, take the Queen Street Car to McCaul Street and walk north on McCaul.
Completion 9- 2004
Cost € 34000000,-
ArchitectWill Alsop
cooperating designerRobbie Young + Wright / IBI Group Architects
Client Ontario College of Art & Design
Project ID 3788
Latitude/Longitude 43°39'14N 79°23'28W
Contributed by jfuchs
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