Archive Doors Open Toronto 2010
Moriyama & Teshima Architects
32 Davenport Rd.
, Toronto, ON
South (former City of Toronto and East York)
Architect and year:
10 am to 5 pm
Last admittance to building:
Designed in 1966 as a “workshop for the mind,” the office of Moriyama & Teshima is an ‘urban oasis’ in the heart of Toronto.
That the building was originally an automotive service station is fitting, as architecture is also a service business. Illustrating the transformative powers of good design, the service station is now a ‘staff-centered’ workplace, and the old grease pit is a shallow pool filled with Japanese Koi; a pool that transforms the foyer into a welcoming and meditative space.
From the clamour of the City, visitors arrive through an ivy-covered arbor and iron gateway into a peaceful forecourt that features water, wood and stone in a lush setting. Designed as a transitional space, the stress of the city ebbs away as one traverses the forecourt to the large wooden office door.
Inside the building, the design of the studios celebrates the uniting of people in a creative pursuit: there are no doors, no office cubicles. Instead, the studios are organized on multiple levels that overlap with interconnecting stairways and open views. Flooded with natural light, the work spaces are uplifting and invite constant interaction, fostering the collaborative philosophy of M&T.
Visitors to the office will have the opportunity to meet architects, discover our unique design environment and learn about recent projects.
Designers will be on-hand to welcome and answer questions.
TTC (nearest station)
6 Bay (stop at Bay and Davenport)
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City of Toronto 1998-2010