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Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) - Will Alsop

Completed in 2004, OCAD's Sharp Centre for Design was designed by Alsop Architects in collaboration with the Toronto-based firm Robbie/Young + Wright. The building is renowned for its so-called "tabletop" design, elevated nine stories above ground level and balanced on brightly painted steel legs. Its colourful exterior and surprising floating form lend it a vibrant intensity that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding environment. Since completion, Alsop's OCAD has become not only a popular icon but a catalyst inspiring the transformation and revitalisation of Toronto's urban spaces.

 

From architeria.eu (description of CCA exhibition on the building)

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Taken on August 26, 2008