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City Of Toronto

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Here is downtown Toronto with its characteristic monuments and skyscrapers!

This is an improvement of a project I posted a while ago. It has been enhanced according to the advice of LEGO fans and to my new ideas!

You will find in this great representation of Toronto the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, the City Hall, the First Canadian Place, the Scotia Plaza, the Aura Tower, the ICE condos, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, the Gooderham Building, the St. Lawrence Market and finally the Toronto waterfront. The buildings are placed as best as possible according to the geographical reality of the city. The small details on the buildings and on the ground such as cars, trees or boats on the lake are very appreciable.

Toronto is located in southern Ontario, Canada. It is the 4th largest city in North America, after Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. It is the economic capital of Canada. Toronto has an area of 630.2 km², and a population of about 2,800,000. It is the main component of the Golden Horseshoe region, which has a population of about 9,500,000. The city is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the five major lakes in the Great Lakes region of North America. Toronto is a beautiful city with many modern skyscrapers. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and one of the most livable! 

  • The CN Tower is the tallest tower in America and one of the tallest in the world. It is approximately 553 meters high, which is taller than the One World Trade Center in New York, USA. The CN Tower was built between 1973 and 1976 by architect John Andrews. It is located in the heart of Toronto : downtown Toronto. The tower overlooks the city. It is very touristy. Inside the tower, there is a glass floor, a panoramic restaurant. There is the Skypod (447 m), an impressive panorama from where you can see all Toronto and also the American coast on the edge of Lake Ontario. You can also do the Edge Walk on the roof of the CN Tower and walk around for 30 minutes next to the void. The CN Tower is the landmark of Toronto. 

  • The Rogers Centre, which is Canada's largest stadium, was built between 1986 and 1989 by architects Rod Robbie and Michael Allen. The stadium can accommodate a maximum of about 70,000 people. It is 86 m high. The Rogers Centre is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, the city's baseball team. The Audience sculpture welcomes fans into the stadium. It consists of 15 fan statues located at the northeast and northwest corners of the stadium. They are the "guardians" of the Rogers Centre. These statues symbolize the different subsets of fans. Renowned Canadian artist Michael Snow designed the statues. The sculpture reflects the sport: all the solidarity, all the sharing, all the love we have for a sports team, a country; all the pride... I represented the sculpture with two golden LEGO bricks at the back of the stadium.

  • The Royal Ontario Museum is a natural history and world culture museum. It is one of the largest in North America. It contains no less than six million objects. It was opened in 1914, and has been expanded several times since. It is characterized by its historic architecture and its very modern extensions.

  • Toronto's municipal government is housed in Toronto City Hall. Designed by architect Viljo Revell and built by Hannskarl Bandel, the architectural style is modernist. The building was built from 1961 to 1965 to replace the old city hall dating from 1899. Toronto City Hall is located on Nathan Phillips Square which has a large water basin and a beautiful Toronto sign on its edge. The building's nickname is "The Eye of Government" because it resembles a large eye in an aerial shot. The two towers have a curved cross-section and are separated by a white dome. The west tower is 79.4 meters high and the east tower is 99.5 meters high.

  • First Canadian Place is currently Canada's tallest skyscraper, located in Toronto's financial district. It serves as the global operational headquarters for the Bank of Montreal. It is 298 m high (355 m with the antenna), has 72 floors and a surface area of approximately 251,000 m².

  • Scotia Plaza is currently the third-tallest skyscraper in Toronto. It is 275 m high and was completed in 1988. It is a commercial office complex located in the Financial District of downtown. The building contains approximately 190,000 square meters of office space on 68 floors and retail stores.

  • Aura Tower is a modern multi-use skyscraper opened in 2014. It rises to a height of 275 m and was designed by the architecture firm Graziani + Corazza. This building is a landmark in the city due to its height and characteristic shape. It is also one of the largest residential buildings in Canada.

  • ICE Condos is a two-tower residential complex. Completed in 2014 and 2015, the two buildings stand at 202 m and 234 m respectively, with 57 and 67 floors. The complex has more than 1,300 apartments and an area of about 93,000 square meters. These tall buildings, close to the CN Tower, are part of the city's skyline.

  • The Fairmont Royal York is a 124-meter-high (407-foot) building in downtown Toronto, considered one of Canada's great railway hotels. It is a landmark of the downtown and station area. The hotel has a remarkable Chateauesque style, which can be found in the American architecture of the 1900s.

  • The Gooderham Building is one of Toronto's most iconic views. It is a historic office building in the St. Lawrence district. The edifice is characterized by its triangular shape and red brick. It dates back to 1892.

  • The St. Lawrence Market is an important public market in downtown Toronto. It is a typical historic building in the city that is a place of exchange. The place has been established since 1845, and is home to all kinds of local and market products.

  • Toronto's waterfront is represented by parks, marinas, lots of small residential buildings, green spaces and Lake Ontario. This lake has a surface area of 18,960 km². It is the 12th largest lake in the world. Thanks to the lake, Toronto has developed since its foundation in 1793. The lake (and the St. Lawrence River) is the link with the Atlantic Ocean and the rest of Canada for the exchange of goods. It is also a tourist attraction : you can do a lot of activities on the lake such as boating, canoeing, swimming, or just enjoy the many beaches of the city. In winter, Lake Ontario is partially frozen. So, all year round, the lake adds charm to Toronto.

This beautiful project which represents Toronto in a faithful way contains a lot of details thanks to these 2650 pieces. This would make a great LEGO set!

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