One of my favourite events of the year, Doors Open Toronto was held this past weekend. Over 150 buildings around the city opened their doors to the public, a chance to see inside places otherwise off limits.
I managed to catch a dozen locations this year over Saturday and Sunday.
Doors Open Toronto 2015 – Saturday
I joined the Doors Open instameet held by @6ixwalks to check out some great downtown spots included in the event.
Toronto City Hall
Great views through dirty windows…too bad they didn’t give ’em a shine before they invited company over : /
The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
A high rise research laboratory at 686 Bay Street.
The $450,000,000 building was designed by Diamond & Schmitt Architects and opened in 2013.
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Doors Open Toronto 2015 – Sunday
On my own on this day, covering some locations a bit further afield, starting with the spectacular Aga Khan Museum in North Toronto.
The Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre Toronto
The Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre are both located on Wynford Drive and can be seen prominently along the Don Valley Parkway
Both buildings, on the same complex, are packed with gorgeous details all giving a nod to Islamic design and geometric pattern.
The Aga Khan Museum
Website: Aga Khan Museum
Website: Ismaili Centre
High Level Pumping Station
This is the oldest water pumping facility in Toronto, sending water up to higher ground.
The Masonic Temple
The Masonic Temple has been used for a lot of purposes over the years. Currently, the building is the home of Info Tech, a reasearch and technology company. It made me think of HBO’s Silicon Valley – a a very “Hooli” kinda vibe with its funky grafittied walls, golf-simulator and gym facilities.
Website: InfoTech 888 Yonge
My only disappointment is that the event isn’t longer so I could see more. There’s just not enough time to see them all.
Oh well, there’s always next year.