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. 

TIFF 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.

LED Ticker on King Street facade

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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