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Toronto District School Board Education Centre. Designed by Mathers & Haldenby, completed 1970:



https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/05/...5-more-deaths/


https://www.acotoronto.ca/show_build...uildingID=3551
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Sheraton Centre. Designed by John B. Parkin Associates, completed 1972:



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There's one I really like in Vancouver. Towers over everything around it in its area. Pencil-shaped from the side.

The pics I can find online don't do it justice. IMO it's actually quite elegant while also obviously very brutalist - a pretty special combination.






Its base is also really well done IMO.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.26409...4!8i8192?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.26431...4!8i8192?hl=en
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There's one I really like in Vancouver. Towers over everything around it in its area. Pencil-shaped from the side.

The pics I can find online don't do it justice. IMO it's actually quite elegant while also obviously very brutalist - a pretty special combination.






Its base is also really well done IMO.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.26409...4!8i8192?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.26431...4!8i8192?hl=en
That's the Frank Stanzl Building.

https://ounodesign.com/2012/05/27/19...dimir-plavsic/

I've always admired that building as well, probably the most outstanding one in the Broadway area, it must have been inspired by Erickson's Macmillan Bloedell Building downtown.

https://goo.gl/maps/dYRqB9c7rco5bd6t6

Brutalism seems to age surprisingly well in Vancouver. Erickson thought of concrete as the new marble of building materials.

"The renowned architect, who died 10 years ago at 84, loved concrete. He called it the “noble material” and talked of creating Doric facades with concrete, of using concrete the way classical Rome and Greece used marble."

https://vancouversun.com/business/co...changes-hands/

https://modtraveler.net/city/vancouv...edel-building/

One of the reasons often cited for the public's derision of Brutalism is the tendency for the concrete to not weather well. As the concrete ages it often becomes discoloured and dirty looking (i.e. city hall of Nfld's capital city). Unfortunately the term "brutalist" is often associated with the idea that it is "brutal". This is not the origin of the term, lol.

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Old Posted May 24, 2020, 4:35 AM
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I actually really like the natural patina that the concrete takes on as it weathers, it gives the building a more natural look despite its geometry. I drew the diagram for Macmillan Bloedell on the poster that is (or was?) sold by this site, btw.

It's also nice when you get lichens growing on brutalist buildings. I don't know if that's good for the concrete or not but it gives it a more natural feeling. It's man made, but it's of this earth. You can't say that for an unnatural building like *insert glass object here*. I live in a region surrounded by rocks covered in lichens, so a concrete building that's also got lichen growing on its facade or the features around it makes it feel like it's part of the land. Most of our concrete bridges (before they were replaced) were also covered with lichen to the point that they looked green and yellow from a distance.
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I actually really like the natural patina that the concrete takes on as it weathers, it gives the building a more natural look despite its geometry. I drew the diagram for Macmillan Bloedell on the poster that is (or was?) sold by this site, btw.

Same. I'm a big fan of earthen, tactile sort of materials used in construction - clay brick, natural wood, render, ceramics, etc. - and I like concrete for the same reason. It's a very textural material that can take on some pretty organic forms, particularly as it weathers.



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After reading that article, now I really want to buy a condo in the Frank Stanzl Building. (Hope it's residential as well? Not only offices? I went to the BMO right next door the other day and parked at its foot, but didn't attempt to enter.)

A quick search online found absolutely nothing for sale at that address.

Ideally a north-facing one for the view:
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My favorite Brutalism example is Bonaventure Metro Station.



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Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon has some nice angles, and then there are some like this. This portion is mostly hidden thanks to some major additions, but this was the view for many years.
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