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Metropolitan Place

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 January 2018 in Architecture and Portfolio.

One University Avenue, completed in 1986 as Metropolitan Place, is one of the few distinguished towers from that period. Working within the late-modern idiom and typical developer constraints, the Toronto firm of Brisbin Brook Beynon created an inventive, well-crafted building and an engaging urban realm at one of the city’s primary gateways.

One University is notable first for its response to its site, a small but prominent triangle of land adjacent to the limestone monoliths of Union Station and the Royal York Hotel. The 19-story tower’s massing follows the triangular site, its vertical ziggurat profile progressively staggered inward to form a blunt prow overlooking Front Street. Structural modules are articulated as individual units, the edges elegantly chamfered, and are wrapped in a sleek blue-green glass membrane that effectively de-materializes the tower’s bulk.

Photo captured September 29, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 18 mm

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Ginnie from Netherlands

I absolutely love it, Steven. WOW. You did a great job of capturing it.

22 Jan 2018 6:08am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Reflections are superb and colors also. I love it!

22 Jan 2018 6:17am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Wonderful architecture

22 Jan 2018 7:28am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique prise de vue ...Merci

22 Jan 2018 7:44am

yo from Ile de France, France

Les tours bleutées s'intègrent mieux dans le paysage que les bâtiments voisins.
Beau cadrage !

22 Jan 2018 8:43am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A very different view from the top of your touristic bus than when we walk down the street ! excellent !

22 Jan 2018 9:12am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Cool graphics !

22 Jan 2018 9:39am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Another impressive building

22 Jan 2018 10:53am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

superbe ces tours

22 Jan 2018 12:11pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Modern cubism!

22 Jan 2018 12:27pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

An interesting looking whole.

22 Jan 2018 1:13pm

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Moderne et impressionnant.
Bonne soirée

22 Jan 2018 2:46pm

Devi from Chennai, India

A great capture here !! I just love this !

22 Jan 2018 3:23pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a really striking architectural shot. Excellent

22 Jan 2018 4:06pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A fine cluster and study in contrasts, and I agree with the write-up that this is one of a handful of buildings from its era to make itself felt in a non-conformist way. Great shot from the bus, Steven!

22 Jan 2018 4:12pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That red jacket really lights up this nice cityscape.

22 Jan 2018 5:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a very beautiful building with the glass skin. The clouds reflect nicely in it. Gorgeous capture.

22 Jan 2018 5:27pm

willy from Belgium

j'aime biences tours bleutées Steven


22 Jan 2018 5:36pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SUperb viewpoint as well as reflection.

22 Jan 2018 6:17pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

This is so beautiful! I have always loved your detailed mastery and blends...Awesome!

22 Jan 2018 7:14pm

franz from Baden, Austria

Brilliant capture of attractive and striking architecture again! I like the inclusion of the 'man in red'!

22 Jan 2018 7:50pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors & reflections!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

22 Jan 2018 10:03pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

Nicely shot. I like the look of the building to the right more that the glassed in box.

23 Jan 2018 12:11am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice glass tower next to a more classic office complex

23 Jan 2018 4:15am

sherri from Arkansas, United States

Chicago is such a pretty city

love this capture

23 Jan 2018 5:21am

Remus from Portugal

I think it's a harmonious architectural set.
The presence of the person in red, is an plus for the composition. The head that appears in the lower right corner is a minus.

24 Jan 2018 3:54pm