Modernism, capitalism and nobody around / by Eric DeLorme

TD Centre Plaque

When New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday, it’s incredible how many people take the whole week off. I guess it has something to do with the fact that just about all schools are closed that week. The financial district in downtown Toronto is usually bustling with activity, but this particular Thursday (around lunchtime) there was barely anyone to be seen.

That’s okay; less is almost always more.

Here are some scenes from the “largest Mies in the world,” the modernist Toronto-Dominion Centre, designed by the famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I’m particularly drawn to the copper-tinted windows set against the simple, stark black buildings.

(Be sure to click on the images to view them full-size in the lightbox)