A friend was commenting on how he likes the Lester B. Pearson Building. The same friend who send us down the Jacobean Architecture rabbit hole that took us quite far including Elizabethan Architecture and Former Royal residences. But back to the Lester B. Pearson Building, he and his partner disagreed on the merits of said building. I’ll side with my friend here (as one should) and say I’ve always liked that building. Well of course I have; as I was looking at a pic of the building more attentively I thought, isn’t that a bit brutalist with its sculptural form? Well yes, it is considered modern with a brutalist influence. Modern and brutalist – what a great combination.
WZMH Architects was founded in 1961. The firm was originally known as Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden. Its founders are Peter Webb, Boris Zerafa, René Menkès, and Warwick Housden. The 4 founders were associates of Peter Dickinson, more on him in a future post. WZMH specializes in tall modern buildings. They did create a few Brutalist buildings. I quite like 222 Jarvis – it very much reminds me Boston City Hall.
Lester B Pearson Building
Late modern style with Brutalist influence
Tabor Park Vocational School
Maplewood High School
222 Jarvis Street
Brutalist / Modernist
Royal Bank Plaza
1996, Mjikaning First Nation Reserve, Ontario
Shanghai Securities Exchange Building
1997, Shanghai, China
Bay Adelaine Centre
RBC Water Park Place