Tour: TIFF Bell Lightbox
By Matthew Wilson, OAA

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
2:30 to 4 p.m.

Maximum of 25 attendees

Founded in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a charitable arts organization that hosts one of the most important film festivals in the world. For 28 years it operated its programs from a circuit of 200 venues throughout the city. A few years ago the Festival hit the ceiling in terms of its ability to continue to evolve its programs, so it embarked on an initiative to create a formal destination for individuals engaged with and passionate about film. To realize this vision, a client group was formed between the not-for-profit TIFF and the King and John Festival Corporation. Producer/Director Ivan Reitman donated a prime undeveloped site in the heart of Toronto’s downtown entertainment district.

The design fills a vacant urban site, and makes a signature statement for TIFF. It is a hybrid concept that combines a five-storey cultural institution with a 42-storey residential/commercial tower, mirroring the heterogeneity that characterizes Toronto’s diverse and multicultural population.

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is designed to be highly animated at street level. A large-scale canopy projects over the King Street entrance and defines a deep, generous arcade that wraps around the corner to John Street. Made of concrete, the canopy is punctuated with cast glass oculi that borrow light sources from the street to create a ‘spotlight’ effect. A carpet of moving images animate the sidewalk and lead directly into the box office and the two storey lobby. Restaurants, cafes, theatres, and multiple gathering places will ensure that the building is animated throughout the day and night. The roof has an outdoor amphitheatre, and is shaped in reference to the roof of the Villa Malaparte, a classic icon of film and architecture.
The tower makes a distinctive contribution to the evolving silhouette of Toronto's skyline to the west, its form and expression evocative of the sleek modernist office towers of the 1950s and 60s.


TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square,
350 King Street West (NW corner)
Toronto, Ontario

Click HERE for a map of location.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Registered members:$40
Intern/Student members: $30

RGD Members: $40

2:15 p.m.
2:30 to 4 p.m.
1 hour of self-directed learning.

ARIDO members: point will be automatically added to your CheckPOINT account


This tour is now SOLD OUT

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