From: Susie Kim-Carberry, Matter Network, More from this Affiliate
Published June 15, 2010 10:32 AM

Toronto Unveils the Futuristic Farmers Market

Toronto has revealed the future of farmer's market by by unveiling this futuristic design proposed by Adamson Associates Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This industrial design was the winner of the competition held to replace the St. Lawrence Market North in Toronto. By an unanimous decision by the judges, the winner of the competition will bring a more modern approach to the historic district without disrupting the visual appeal of older buildings {according to Inhabitat}.


Included in the new, winning design is a four-story structure that allows market shoppers to view life and activities on Front Street, Jarvis Street and on Market Lane Park from within its glass atrium, effectively creating an open indoor market that resembles a fresh, outdoor setting. Shoppers will also be able to see the South Market from inside the building and appreciate a dramatic view of St. Lawrence Hall to the north, creating a strong visual connection with all three buildings of the complex.

Although this modern and futuristic building will be an improvement over "a one story concrete shed of a market that was a perfect embodiment of Toronto at the time: cheap, expedient and ugly." via Treehugger; I am not completely sold on the idea of farmer’s market and concrete building being the perfect marriage. I guess I am a traditionalist in the sense I expect a farmer's market being in an outdoor area with tents, prime example being Farmer's Market in Union Square in New York City. However, it is to be a mixed used building, so being multi-purpose; this futuristic farmers market does serve its function.

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