Classic Spaces: Mies van der Rohe: Toronto Dominion Centre

. Sunday, July 1, 2012

Located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, the Toronto Dominion Centre symbolized Toronto’s emergence as a major city and established a new standard for office buildings in Canada. The Centre launched in 1967 with the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with B+H as Architect of Record in Joint Venture with John B. Parkin and Associates. 

The original TD Centre consisted of two skyscrapers plus the banking hall. The first phase to open was the TD Tower, which was symbolically dedicated on Canada’s 100th birthday, 1 July 1967.

At 56 stories and a height of 222.86 metres, the TD Tower is the tallest Mies structure in the world (Philip Johnson called the entire complex “the largest Mies in the world”).

It was Mies’s last major work before his death in 1969.  

Note all the slick black aluminum signage with white custom font, as originally designed mandated by Mies.


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