Creativity in architecture doesn’t have to be complex or difficult to pull off.
It might not come as a surprise a school dedicated to art and design would have an eye-catching exterior, but it wasn’t until the mid-2000s when the most iconic piece of architecture at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University) appeared.
Sometimes nicknamed the ‘Toolbox,’ the piece of the Sharp Centre for Design that catches everybody’s eye is recognizable as soon as it’s in view. The checkerboard box is four stories above the square below, held up by a series of coloured pillars. Being that OCAD is the oldest design school in Canada, it’s a positive, in my mind, that there’s interest in keeping it up-to-date instead of looking ‘classic.’
Getting to OCAD (so long as you’re just visiting and not looking to be a student) is pretty simple. Located in the middle of Toronto means plenty of transit options, and it’s a fairly walkable city in the core, which is where OCAD is. In fact, it neighbours the AGO and is a short walk from Yonge-Dundas, the ROM and anything else that makes this list in downtown Toronto, pretty much.
Being that it’s a public university in the middle of the city, visiting the outside is free. Galleries and other things inside may not be.
On TripAdvisor it ranks fairly low in Toronto, at 208 out ~500, but that’s partly due to complaints about the art inside. On the sight itself I’d say it’s one of the most recognizable and interesting in Toronto. And I’m not the only one.
The university’s website is here.