Friday, August 19, 2016

The Collonade

This is the rear entrance to the Collonade which is a mixed use building on Bloor St in the priciest retail area of the city. It was designed by architect Gerald Robinson in fine Brutalist style and was constructed in 1963 and was one of the first mixed use developments in Canada with retail and office spaces on the bottom few floors and residential above. I love the oval windows and the cool reflections. Will have to get a pic of the front of the building one day.

17 comments:

Karl Demetz said...

Makes for a good photograph !

Sharon Anck said...

Those curved lines and the great oval windows make for a very striking entrance. I like it.

Tom said...

Lovely windows.

William Kendall said...

The curve and ovals do some good in terms of offsetting the harshness of the architecture.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

I like that. Most of the buildings constructed in the UK in the early 60s are (or were, because some of them have fortunately been pulled down) in Post-War-Particularly-Ugly style...so many town centres wrecked.

Gosia k said...

looks iompressive

Cloudia said...

for a building from that aptly named brutalist period this is a graceful gem with those windows, yes!

Christine said...

Your photo is really great of this unusual building & the reflections in the oval windows are a bonus!

bill burke said...

An outstanding image and composition! Love the oval windows with the reflections in them.

Lowell said...

Fascinating building. I'd love to see the residential spaces!

TexWisGirl said...

curves and ovals! nice!

Michelle said...

A great artistic/architectural design!

Revrunner said...

Not quite as brutal looking as most Brutalist style.

The Furry Gnome said...

That's on Bloor St, just east of Avenue Road, right? We bought my wife's engagement ring in a shop there 44 years ago! Love the phrase 'brutalist architecture'! UofG where I taught has a couple of 'brutalist' buildings.

The Yum List said...

That's an interesting piece of architecture. I wonder about the math behind making a building with a curve.

Karen S. said...

A creative and lovely design!

Laura. M said...

Great approach, Pat !!