The Pugly Awards results were finally announced for this year. They scout out the best and the pugly architecture around the city based on your votes. To qualify, the building must be completed the year prior to the award cycle.
Getting bottom nods this year is Hall Of Shamer The Glenlake condos on Dundas West. First impression: the badly rasterized rendering on the site is more livable than the real thing… which I can’t seem to find on their site… The rest of the shameful architecture is (surprise) more condos! High Park, Radio City, Harbor View, Bloor…
Winners this year include the brilliant National Ballet School of Canada by KPMB and Goldsmith Borgal, both of Toronto, The MaRS Centre (Phase I) and University of Toronto’s Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research designed by Toronto firm architectsAlliance partnered with Behnisch & Behnisch of Frankfurt.
This is not all that different from last years Pugly’s, with a bunch of condos anchoring the bottom, and real Architecture hugging to top spots. A respected Toronto area Architect, Brigitte Shim, once told me that “there’s a lot of building going on but not much Architecture.” Perhaps it’s time for the Puglys to branch out a bit with multiple awards in addition to the Best/Worst in Show, as a venue for the public to be critical about Architecture, and not just buildings (cuz there’s a lot of bad architecture out there and a lot of good buildings too.)
[image: TDCC Bio Building – Robonto’s private stash]