Spectacular Green Roof Installed At Toronto City Hall

Toronto city hall green roof opening photo

All photos by Lloyd Alter

When Viljo Revell designed Toronto City Hall back in the sixties, the podium roof was for grand entries; you could drive up the ramp and walk right into the Council Chambers. It never quite worked out that way and was pretty much ignored for years. Not any more; this weekend Mayor Miller cut the ribbon on a spectacular new green roof. The normally reserved Lisa Rochon raves in the Globe and Mail: It "is so impressive in its landscape detail and magnetism that it warrants the drop command: Drop everything and go directly to it."

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Mayor Miller, protected by some very strange green monsters

It is a shame that David Miller is leaving after two terms; the things that he started are just beginning to come to fruition, like this green roof, the first phase of a much larger rehabilitation of Toronto's most important public space (seen in TreeHugger here: Green Dreams for Toronto's City Hall)

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Chris Pommer of PLANT architects, co-designer of the garden, told Lisa why it is so important:

"If you don't take care of your main public space, where we come together to celebrate, to mourn, to protest, how can we expect people to take care of the rest of the world?"


Toronto city hall green roof opening photo seating

Many of the participants in this project are known to TreeHugger readers:
PLANT Architects:
Sliver of a Green Roof at the ROM by Plant Architects
Greener Parking from Plant Architects
Green Dreams for Toronto's City Hall
Andrew Frontini and Shore Tilbe Irwin:
Summer Sights: Fathom Five Visitor Centre
Dubious Dubai Aquarium Bursts At The Seams
Terry McGlade (now with Flynn Canada, the contractor)
Raising the (Green) Roof!!
Green Roof Installed Over Toronto Subway Station
LiveRoof at the Canadian Green Building Festival

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