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Brookfield Place

Otro: TD Canada Trust Tower and Bay Wellington Tower

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Récord: 261 m

Tipo: Rascacielos




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Continente: América

País: Canadá

Localización: Toronto

Año: 1992

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:BCE Place, Allen Lambert Galleria and Heritage Square

181 Bay Street




Santiago Calatrava 1987-1992

BCE Place is comprised of shops, restaurants, the old Bank of Montreal building which houses the Hockey Hall of Fame, office towers for financial, commercial and legal firms, and 11 heritage buildings. In order to meet the city public art requirements, an invited competition was held for the design of the Gallery and Heritage Square in 1987, the winner being Santiago Calatrava.

The Galleria is five stories high and runs parallel along Front Street. The roof provides cover for the street Galleria and connects Bay Street to Heritage Square. The design is spacious and inviting, and was also recognized as a 'hall of light'. The structure is comprised of eight freestanding steel supports on either side of the Galleria. These supports branch out into parabolic shapes that are reminiscent of a forest canopy. As for the Heritage Square, there are 16 supports that branch out in a similar fashion to the ones in the Galleria.

Wilma Kwan 2002 (updated 2006)

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The Galleria and Heritage Square are located within BCE Place. The structure is contained by Yonge Street to the east, Wellington Street to the north, Bay Street to the west, and Front Street to the south. The main entrance of the Gallery faces Bay Street just north of Front Street. The Heritage Square entrance faces Yonge Street just north of Front Street, next to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Brookfield Place: Calatrava’s Atrium of Light


Bay St. and Front St. W.

The great Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has created in Brookfield Place an architectural marvel, a modernist atrium of light that also manages to preserve the past. Calatrava’s soaring Galleria integrates a $1.2 billion development that occupies an entire city block. It includes the 51-storey TD Canada Trust Tower, 47-storey Bay-Wellington Tower and several historically designated buildings.

The Allen Lambert Galleria comprises 16 freestanding steel supports, which branch out into parabolic shapes reminiscent of a forest canopy, typical of Calatrava’s “biomorphic” style. In Heritage Square, in the east section, another 16 supports branch out in a similar fashion.

The Clarkson Gordon Building, also known as the Heritage Building, originally built in 1844 on Wellington Street just north of where the property rests today, was disassembled stone-by-stone, restored and incorporated as part of the Galleria. This structure has been home to several financial institutions including the Commercial Bank of the Midland District and Merchants Bank.

Calatrava’s belief in the power of architecture to define a place, such as the onion domes of Saint Petersburg or the minarets of Istanbul, is beautifully exemplified by his award-winning Galleria at Brookfield Place.

By James Marsh

Brookfield Place (antiguamente BCE Place)1 es un complejo de oficinas situado en Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canadá, que comprende la manzana de 2.1 hectáreas (5.2 acres) rodeada por Yonge Street en el este, Wellington Street West en el norte, Bay Street en el oeste, y Front Street en el sur. El complejo contiene 242 000 m² (2 604 866 pies²) de espacio de oficinas, y consiste en dos torres, Bay Wellington Tower y TD Canada Trust Tower, enlazadas por la Galería Allen Lambert, de seis plantas. Brookfield Place también alberga el Hockey Hall of Fame.


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