as of right now the poll results are in the same order that I ranked them: Red, Orange, Green, Blue/Yellow. I will be happy as long as blue or yellow are not picked as the winners, but who knows with this city. Also even though I like the general design and massing of green, that beige brick has gotta go!
I like Green by far the best. It fits in with the architecture of the south market, while bringing some modern touches along with it. I don't think that "bold" architecture is really needed in the St. Lawrence are at all.
Blue looks like an urban asylum. It has no respect to the traditional surroundings of Toronto. Not a sense of market-atmosphere inside. That seems something else than a what market should be.
Green is impressive, for its tribute in aesthetics to the original North Market in 19th century. I would nominate this, but to me something little more radical embodiment is needed, yet able to siphon a bit of market quality that South Market solely cherishes its own.
Orange: a itsy-bitsy mash-up of AGO, Foster's Pharmacy Building interior and a typical Loblaw interior! Nice try but this is not what St. Lawrence is about. That scheme works anywhere but there. Surprisingly, I do love the mechanisms of a proposal it is meant to function in sustainable fashion.
Red: Now we are talking! Open-configurable scheme, airy exterior and interior, bold in style yet respects its function and circulation to its neighbouring areas. This would be a winner by wide margin, with only Green-team's scheme coming close.
Yellow is too conservative, ho-hum in everything. Works as planned, but us Mississaugans want that more than Torontonians would.
The second image's the best, I don't care what colour scheme it is. It emulates the existing building and blends in well. I don't know if anyone will agree with me, but "artitecture" such as the OCAD building are just tacky and we don't need more of the same for an area like St Lawrence.
Blue and Yellow are complete duds. I could live with any of the others, but lean towards Green with its impressive effort to fit in and its respect for the beautiful St. Lawrence Hall behind it. The others overpower St. Lawrence Hall.
Are you guys kidding me with your support of red? It looks like a Po-Mo nightmare that escaped from the Eighties! That roofline is total schlock, and not at all in tune with the character of the area. At the base of an Intrawest ski resort, this design might work, but do we really want to consider a project that already looks dated in the render and is nothing more then a cheesy attempt at capturing Canadiana outdoorsyness? I would have to throw my support behind green because of it's obvious respect for its neighbourhood. Remember, we want to compliment our famous St. Lawrence Market, not upstage or insult it.