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Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station 
Bremner Blvd. at Rees St., Toronto
Developer: Toronto Hydro

Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station | ?m | ?s | Toronto Hydro | IBI Group | Page 14

Discussion in 'Buildings' started by Automation Gallery, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. MetroMan

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    On the side of a highway, dark and sparsely walked.... yep, this is so going to get tagged — maybe even before they’re finished. And there won’t be any way to clean it up without covering up the design below.
     

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    Not sure you understand how the design is made when you say "won’t be any way to clean it up without covering up the design below." The panels are perforated Corten, and the design only comes from not perforating certain areas. Any paint sprayed onto the surface will only hold to the surface, not the perforations, so the design will sell be there, just painted. The Corten on Queen Street at The Carnaby has been vandalized a number of times, and cleaning always leaves some scar.

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    The equivalent 'sculpture" @ Eastern and Cherry has not had problems and still looks fantastic - it does have back-lighting.
     
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    Did they install silva cells here?
     
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    No, not that I have seen. I believe that is because the project was designed almost 10 years ago before a new policy to include Silva cell.
     
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    Why can’t we electrify it? That is reasonable. Don’t wanna shock? Don’t tag.
     
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    Ah, I see. I thought it was laser etching. I'll have a better look up close.

    The Corten steel at Fort York is constantly vandalized and yes, it's permanently marked despite cleaning. I have little faith that this won't meet the same fate, specially given its location.
     
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    The corten is a mesh frame, not a plain surface. If you look closely at the title, Round House, house is on a slant of all things with everything else been straight.

    I like the layout of the old roundhouse and track work, even been dusk.

    Photos to follow when I have time to do them.

    It will be tag.
     
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    Who would have thought a transformer station could look so good. Kind of an industrial noir thing going on, particularly like the lamps and corten steel. Refreshing to see different materials and textures, aside from the roundhouse that area was otherwise quite dull- if not bleak.
     
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    Absolutely right; between this and the Parliament data centre, the city has a couple great contemporary examples of utilitarian infrastructure being really nicely gussied up.

    For all the cries of "xyz is *so* Toronto" (much of it justified), this is a great example of bucking that trend.
     
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    According to Christopher Hume in today's Star, Toronto (aka as the center of the universe ), is , " a city that has run out of ambition, imagination and, worse still, the energy to care ". Escape the massive gravitational pull of the center of the universe while you still have some wit, Mr. Hume.
     
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    Hume is the most pompous journalist in Canada yet is one of the few talking about urban affairs so I seek out his articles despite my personal distaste for him. What other commentators (outside of UrbanToronto! :) ) should I be following so I don't have to read this negative Nelly any more?
     
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    Read the Globes Architectural Critic - Alex Bozikovic. Much less pompous.
     
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