Roy Thomson Hall

 The materials Erickson used to design this structure are mainly glass, steel, and one of his personal favourite: concrete.The use of these materials blends the structure well with the modern skyscrapers around it as well as St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. While the use of glass relates and unifies this structure with the modern, Arthur Erickson’s use of concrete, ties the hall to the architecture of the church it is facing towards the West. The structure works well with the existing buildings in the area and does not take away from their beauty. Similarly, the hall also stands out because of its overall size compared to all the large scale buildings surrounding it.

Despite the fact that the material choices are magnificent there’s a real disconnect between the interior of the structure and the exterior. The use of Maple wood and earthy colour palette gives a comforting feel to the inside of the structure and gives the space an intimate warm feel, while the use of concrete, steel and glass on the outside give the structure a heavy, yet cool feel. The exterior of the structure should in some way reflect the interior spaces as well, and the way Roy Thomson Hall is set up at the moment, there is a big disconnect between the two elements.

In 1982, after the construction of the hall many complaints were heard about the acoustic qualities and cold feel of the interior, so renovations were in order. For the job, Thomas Payne from KPMG architects, and Artec Consultants as acousticians were chosen. The renovations lasted from March 11th, to August 9th, 2002. The last element of the hall to be renovated was the rehearsal hall, which was turned into the sponsor’s lounge (2004).


Newman, Robert B. “Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.” Canadian Architect Oct. 1982: 20-32. Print.

The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. “Enhancement Project (2002).” Roy Thomson Hall. Web. 15 Oct. 2010. <;.


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