The steel and glass roof structure that shelters the stage at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.
Perkins + Will
The City of Toronto, in the mandate for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Project, wanted to replace a temporary bandstand erected every summer with a permanent covered stage to host civic events year round.
Lia Maston designed the new steel and glass roof over the stage at Nathan Phillips Square with Andrew Frontini at Perkins + Will / Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners, Plant Architect Inc., Adrian Blackwell Urban Projects, and Peter Schoudt Landscape Architects.
It is a new icon for Toronto's central civic square. Strong and elegant, it stands up in the midst of architect Viljo Revell's 1958 design for the concrete square and the highly sculptural City Hall buildings.
It has received the popular nickname "birds' nest" but this structure was originally inspired by the image of a game of jacks: strong diagonals that sit lightly on the ground.
Congratulations to Perkins + Will and Plant Architect Inc. for receiving the Governor General of Canada Award for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Project in 2016.