True North
01 Feb 2019
True North

Embracing both tradition and modernity, Toronto has a slew of new boutique hotels and one-off restaurants while sympathetically reusing former industrial spaces.

Toronto, or ‘Torono’ as its inhabitants would have it, is North America’s best-kept secret. It offers all the benefits of a large metropolis – a thriving business environment with plenty of multinationals, a highly respected film festival, museums built by world-class architects – all in the context of a city built around close-knit local communities… .

Opened in September [2018] after a three-year renovation by Toronto-based architectsAlliance, the Tower Automotive Building has begun its new life as MOCA – the Museum of Contemporary Art. With input by heritage consultants ERA Architects, MOCA occupies the lower five stories and a total 5,100 sqm (55,000 sqf), while the top five storey are leased. The architects went for an approach of minimal intervention to the original 1919 structure, allowing key features such as its interior mushroom-shaped concrete columns to dominate the lofty exhibition halls.

Published in Perspective Magazine (Hong Kong), January/February 2019, pg 158-159.