Many large cities are known for their stunning architecture and Toronto is certainly no exception. Filled with iconic structures recognized worldwide, locals and visitors alike can often be seen staring in wonder. If you're feeling inspired to walk the downtown streets, the following 5 structures are some of the most unique buildings you can see today.
John P. Robarts Research Library
Located at the University of Toronto, this library was designed by Mathers and Haldenby. Incredibly unique, it's often compared to a fantastical prison and it cost a whopping 40 million dollars to create. When looked at from the southeast, many also think it resembles a peacock. The building was crafted over a period of 5 years.
Michael Lee-Chin Crystal
Unlike anything else that can be found in the city of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is absolutely stunning. Protruding from the side of the museum, it is made of steel, glass and aluminum. An extension designed by Daniel Libeskind and inspired by a collection of gemstones, it's worth visiting.
Sumach Street Cubes
An interesting trio of cubes can be found on Sumach Street. Easily visible from the Don Valley Parkway, they were first intended to be a home and were designed by Ben Kutner. Unfinished, the cubes have been in place since 1996 and feature a notable green roof. The initial design included 7 cubes.
The Sharp Centre for Design
Part of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), the Sharp Centre for Design is the building's fifth extension and was designed by Will Alsop. Renowned as one of the world's weirdest buildings, it's thought by many to resemble a three-dimensional crossword puzzle. Incredibly unique, it varies widely from the design of the remainder of the building.
The city's Gooderham Building, commonly referred to as the Flatiron Building, is made of red brick and can be found on Wellington Street East. Located in the fascinating St. Lawrence neighbourhood, it was built in 1982 and designed by David Robert Junior. It's notable for it's thin size and shape.