For our second instalment on TIFF Bell Lightbox, Urban Toronto does a swing of the exterior of the KPMB-designed building. We'll start at street level on King, go up to the roof, come back down again, and head around to John Street.

A view of TIFF Bell Lightbox from across King St W. A broad canopy shelters the main King St entry and defines a generous arcade that wraps around the corner of the building to John Street. 

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB ArchitectsTIFF Lightbox King Street facade

An LED ticker embedded in the side of the canopy displays shifting patterns of light and colour, which are highly visible even in full sun.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB ArchitectsLED Ticker on King Street facade

Heading out to the rooftop terrace of TIFF Bell Lightbox containing the striking ‘Malaparte’ screening area.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

The outdoor amphitheatre makes reference to the roof of the Villa Malaparte on the Island of Capri that is an icon of film and architecture.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

On the left, Matthew Wilson, project architect for KPMB, takes in the view. 

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

Looking east toward the Financial District from the top of the Malaparte Amphitheatre.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

Heading back down to King St with M5V Condos poking up from behind.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

The underside of the King St canopy is activated by successive light strips that glow and pulsate in alternating rhythms.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

TIFF Bell Lightbox is designed to be highly animated at street level, with restaurants, galleries, theatres, and other gathering places ensuring lots of activity day and night.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

A sequence of moving images on screens affixed to the building’s support columns beneath the canopy will enliven the sidewalk and draw the eye directly to the box office and two-storey lobby.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

Rounding the corner to John St and the entrance to Festival Tower, glazed in red and still very much under construction, which brings us to the end of this report on TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects

Next up, UrbanToronto goes inside, and you can too! TIFF Bell Lightbox opens this Sunday, September 12th, with a block party starting at 11 AM and running until 4 PM. Galleries and Cinemas will be open to explore at noon. UrbanToronto will be there to catch all the fun. So, be sure not to miss opening day! Watch for our interior shots starting Monday.