Roy Thompson Hall


60 Simcoe Street

Arthur Erickson



Transit:  St. Andrew Station

Access:  hours of operation, tours available


Renovation completed in 2002 to overhaul the acoustics in the main hall.  Tours are available




Nathan Phillips Square


100 Queen Street West

Viljo Revell Architects


Renovation: PLANT Architect Inc. and Shore Tilbe Irwin + Partners


Public Square


Access:  Free, always open



Don’t miss the upper level roof terrace overlooking the square




Corus Building


25 Dockside Drive

Diamond +Schmidt with interiors by Quadrangle Architects Limited


Office Building


Access:  Limited Access


This LEED Gold Building is part of a large revitalization of the Toronto waterfront.  Be sure to enjoy Sugar Beach, a fun place to take a break.




Umbra Concept Store


165 John Street

Kohn Shnier Architects



Transit:  Queen Streetcar

Access:  hours of operation


Three hundred bright pink polycarbonate panels encloses the multi-level circulation and display space.



BCE Place


181 Bay Street

Santiago Caltrava



Transit:  King Streetcar

Access:  Free, hours of operation


One of the most beautiful spaces in the city.  If you are a hockey fan, this is where the hockey hall of fame is located.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)


317 Dundas Street West

Frank Gehry



Transit: St. Patrick Station and walk west    or Dundas Streetcar

Access:  Hours of operation


Check out this building from Grange Park in the back, a good view of the original AGO as well.  While inside be sure to take the spiral staircase.  tours available.




Bata Shoe Museum


327 Bloor St. West

Raymond Moriyama



Transit:  St. George Station

Access:  Hours of operation


Inspired by the shoebox, this is an  architectural example of deconstructivism.



Canada's National Ballet School

400 Jarvis Street

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects


Ballet School

Transit:  Wellesley Station & walk

Access:  Limited Access


Tours are available but are limited, visit the website for more information.






Toronto City Hall



100 Queen Street West

Viljo Revell architects


Municipal Building

Transit:  Queen Station or Queen Streetcar

Access:  Limited Access




Awarded as an international design competition to replace the original City

Hall just next door




U of T:  Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building


144 College Street

Norman Foster & Partners


Post Secondary School

Transit:  Queens Park Station

Access:  Limited Access


The most notable feature are the two large pods floating in the lobby, housing instruction spaces, a quiet study lounge for undergraduate students, and a faculty/staff lounge





U of T:  Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research


1 Kings College Circle

Behnisch Architects and Architects Alliance


Post Secondary School

Transit:  Queens Park Station

Access:  Limited Access


This award winning project has limited access, check out more about it at:






TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning


273 Bloor Street West

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects


Performance Venue and Academy

Transit: St. George Station

Access:  Limited Access


This is a well done heritage renovation and expansion.  Take a look around the lobby space and if you have time take in a show the performance space is beautiful.




Toronto Botanical Garden


777 Lawrence Ave. East

Montgomery Sisam


Botantical Garden

Transit:  Bus 162

Access:  hours of operation


The new LEED Silver building has a green roof and award-winning for its ecologically conscious design.  The gardens are beautiful.




BMW Flagship Dealership

11 Sunlight Park Road

Quadrangle Architects



Transit: Queen streetcar & walk

Access:  Hours of Operation


This vertical dealership exemplifies the BMW brand, most notably in the six featured cars displayed in the large picture windows – this façade transforms from day to night.

U of T: Graduate House

60 Harbord Street

Thom Mayne


Student Housing

Transit: Spadina streetcar

Access:  limited


Controversial façade when built because

of the extent the sign hangs over the city street.  Tours are available.

Gardiner Museum


111 Queen's Park

Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna and Blumberg Architects



Transit:  Museum station

Access:  hours of operation


An elegant modern museum with an excellent gift shop.




100 McCaul Street

ALSOP Architects Ltd. and Robbie / Young & Wright Architects



Transit:  St. Patrick Station

Access:  Limited Access


Created a lot of mixed reaction by locals this addition straddles the original OCAD building in mid air.


Sharp Centre for Design (OCAD)


Sherbourne Common  Pavillion

Sherbourne Street and Queens Quay East

Teeple Architects


Pavillion / Public Washroom

Transit:  King Streetcar & walk

Access:  Free


"Really nice for a public washroom"  is often what people say when they come out.


Simcoe Wave Deck


West of Simcoe Street on the south side of Queens Quay

West 8 & DTAH



Transit:  Queen Quay streetcar

Access:  Free, always open


Kids have a great time on this bridge, there are a lot of great parks along this stretch of waterfront as well.




Sherbourne Common  Park

Sherbourne Street and Queens Quay East

Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, The Planning Partnership (local consultant); Jill Anholt (Light Showers – Public Art)


Kids Park

Transit:  King Streetcar & walk

Access:  Free


An example of urban kids park.  This park is part of a long term revitalization  of  the Toronto waterfront.


Young Centre for the Performing Arts


50 Tank House Lane

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects


Performance Venue

Transit: King streetcar & walking or Bus 72

Access:  Hours of operation



This award winning adaptive-reuse project  now houses four flexible performance venues.  Go see a show and spend some time in the distillery - it is always busy on the summer weekends.



Toronto-Dominion Centre


66 Wellington Street West

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, John B. Parkin & Associates


Office Building

Transit:  King Station

Access:  Limited Access


Recent renovations to the buildings such as glass replacement and adding a green roof are only a few of the ways to has achieved LEED Gold certification.

100 Bloor Street West

Daniel Libeskind



Transit: Museum station

Access:  hours of operation


This addition is a stark architectural contrast to the original ROM completed in 1914.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)


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