Will Alsop’s Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto. The building is the only Canadian example cited in Old Buildings, New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations, by Françoise Astorg Bollack, a preservation architect based in New York City. The book features 28 projects illustrating what happens when contemporary design imagination encounters and transfigures old buildings. The Sharp Centre is a ‘parasite’ – according to Ms. Bollack’s terms - flying high in order to preserve the views of Grange Park from nearby apartment windows, but interacting with the aesthetically pedestrian headquarters of the Ontario College of Art and Design University, its host organism, below. Hoisted aloft on giant toothpicks, connected to the main building below by a bright red chute, the Sharp pavilion celebrates both the collision of the old and new, and their institutional symbiosis.
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