Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto, Canada

The Ontario College of Art and Design was probably under self-imposed pressure to make their building expansion visually dramatic. It had to stand out in the staid neighborhood while reflecting the school’s values, mission and innovativeness. Wow, did they achieve their goal! The pixilated rectangle “tabletop” is 85 feet off the ground supported by a dozen colorful steel legs. The interior of the Sharp Centre for Design contains two levels of classrooms and art studios. Not surprising, this avant-garde design by Will Alsop earned top honors from the Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards.

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100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 2W7, Canada

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