“Toronto has grown to look like every other screwed-up city” says Frank Gehry, who actually grew up in the Ontarian metropolis. Gehry’s partner Craig Webb explains : “It’s pretty rare to have three buildings at this scale. It’s something we haven’t done before. The three individual expressions emerge from a cloud-like podium. We don’t want to create another dark glass tower; we want something silky and soft. We want lightness.”
Gehry adds: ” We’re searching for that way of expressing old Toronto without copying what they did. It’s not hard to do a skyscraper; but how do you do one that has some Toronto DNA in it? I lived not far from the site. I remember the warehouses. It was the industrial section where the factories were. But we need to bring a new kind of life down there.”
As someone who lives in Montreal, seeing Toronto getting this new marvelous landmark makes me go all Steve Carrell but at the same time I can’t be mad. Frank Gehry is one of the greatest architects of the 20th and 21st century and he deserves to leave a massive, gigantic stamp on his hometown (he also redesigned the Art Gallery of Ontario a couple of years ago).
A side by side look of the current state of the block (on the right) and the new Gehry Towers on the left. The towers are going to replace a couple of old warehouses and a theatre.