The 2010-completed revitalization of City Hall's podium roof transformed a 35,000 square foot concrete surface into a publicly-accessible modular green roof, resulting in an increase in foot traffic to the elevated vantage point overlooking Nathan Phillips Square. Back in the Summer of 2011, the view from this position overlooked an active scene within Nathan Phillips Square, while the skyline backdrop was changing with the addition of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, and the final phases of the First Canadian Place re-cladding.

Throwback Thursday, City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, TorontoSoutheast view from the City Hall green roof, August 2011, image by Marcus Mitanis

Jumping ahead five years, the revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square has brought about some modifications to the popular public space, while the backdrop continues to change with the addition of new structures. The Trump Tower has long since been completed, and the view has become even denser with the addition of the Bay Adelaide Centre's recently-completed 44-storey east tower, seen filling the gap between 390 Bay Street andthe Simpsons Tower at 401 Bay Street, where a recladding job is just starting. To the right of 390 Bay, the topped-off 54-storey INDX Condos can be seen next to the topped-off 40-storey EY Tower office development. 

Throwback Thursday, City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, TorontoSoutheast view from the City Hall green roof, July 2016, image by Jack Landau

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!