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March 2, 2004
Toronto's Doors are open -- for free!
  
Fifth anniversary DOORS OPEN TORONTO
May 29 and 30, 2004
Special focus on Toronto's architecture post-1945
BMW Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design,
Toronto-Dominion Centre and more!

The great urban adventure returns when the City of Toronto Culture Division
presents the fifth Annual DOORS OPEN TORONTO on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday,
May 30, 2004. As part of the fifth anniversary celebrations, organizers are
putting a spotlight on Canadian architecture and architects in Toronto since
1945. This city-wide event features free admission to over 100 buildings of
architectural and/or historic significance, many of which are not normally open
to the public.

Thanks to generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Assistance for
the Promotion of Architecture program, DOORS OPEN TORONTO will devote 50
percent of the 2004 roster to contemporary buildings, spaces or landscapes. The
six decades of work under consideration span a period when post-war population
growth, business expansion, technological innovations and urban planning/design
debates have had a huge impact on Toronto's development as a modern city.

Three contemporary buildings sure to garner much excitement as part of the
DOORS OPEN TORONTO line-up this year are: BMW Toronto; Ontario College of Art
and Design (OCAD); and the Toronto-Dominion Centre. BMW Toronto has a new home
at 11 Sunlight Park Rd., where the Don Valley Parkway meets Eastern Avenue. As
Canada's largest car retail space, this spectacular six-storey, blue-glass
structure, designed by Quadrangle Architects and Omniplan Automotive Retail
Facility Planners, features $20 million worth of showrooms, offices and service
bays. The Ontario College of Art and Design's new Sharp Centre for Design,
dubbed a 'flying rectangle' by its acclaimed British architect, Will Alsop,
hovers 26 meters in the air on 12, nine-storey-high stilts of steel. The Sharp
Centre for Design is part of a $42.5 million building expansion at the Ontario
College of Art and Design (OCAD), Canada's oldest and largest university of art
and design, specializing in creativity and innovation. The Toronto-Dominion
Centre, built by Mies van der Rohe and John B. Parkin Associates (1964-67),
will open its Board Room, East and West Rooms on the 54th Floor of the TD
Centre, and will provide public access to the Pavilion level of the TD Centre.
The TD Centre was Toronto's first experience of Modern Movement urban design.

In its first four years, DOORS OPEN TORONTO attracted close to 500,000 visitors
to venues including boardrooms, bedrooms, banking halls, national historic
sites, hidden gems, places of worship, hotels, theatres, private clubs, concert
halls and offices of Toronto's top architects. This popular cultural event
creates free access to, heightens awareness of, and generates advocates for,
our city.

DOORS OPEN TORONTO Project Director, Karen Black, who is also Manager, Museums
and Heritage Services, City of Toronto Culture Division, says she's excited
about the introduction of a theme for this year's fifth anniversary. "While
we'll still have the perennial favourites like Osgoode Hall, the Carlu and Old
City Hall on the roster of buildings this year, it's time to introduce some of
the best contemporary architecture in Toronto. What better vehicle than DOORS
OPEN TORONTO to encourage people to see this city with new eyes, especially at
a time when contemporary architecture is a hot topic?"

Additional post-1945 buildings confirmed for the fifth anniversary program
roster include:
* Canadian Broadcasting Centre (Bregman Hamann/Scott Associates Architects Inc.
with John Burgee, Architects Inc., with Phillip Johnson, Design Consultant,
1992)
* Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
Architects and Patrick Chan Architects, 1998)
* du Toit Allsopp Hillier (50th anniversary of original building; John B.
Parkin Associates, 1954)
* Mountain Equipment Co-op (Stone Kohn McQuire, 1998)
* Regent Park (Canada's largest and oldest social housing development, 1948)
* City Hall (Viljo Revell with John B. Parkin Associates, 1965)

All sites provide a warm welcome to visitors as well as programming to
interpret the architecture and the stories behind their doors.

Special hotel packages, discount coupons and offers are being developed for
those visiting from outside the city during the DOORS OPEN TORONTO weekend.
Details will be available on the DOORS OPEN TORONTO Web site in April 2004.

Visit: http://www.doorsopen.org for complete program information and details of
tourist packages (by April 2004). NOTE: Building hours vary. Most buildings are
open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one or both days. Confirm times for each site when
planning your route. The official Program Guide will be published in The
Toronto Star in May. No pre-registration or tickets required. Public event
information: 416-338-3888.

DOORS OPEN TORONTO is a Signature Program of the City of Toronto Culture
Division.

Media contacts:
Jane French, Project Manager, Doors Open Toronto, Culture Division, 416-338-049
Kristen Juschkewitsch, Media Relations, Doors Open Toronto, Culture Division,
416-338-0495



 

 

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