The BCE Gallery (aka Allen Lambert Galleria) is located within Brookfield Place, an office complex situated in the heart of Toronto’s downtown financial district. The office complex spans an entire city block and incorporates the Bay Wellington Tower and the TD Canada Trust Tower, which are joined together by the Galleria. The structure is constructed of inclined steel supports that rise upwards to form a vaulted ceiling representative of a forest canopy.
The BCE Gallery was designed in 1987 by noted Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The structure makes use of a number of innovative design and engineering techniques to create a unique space that harmoniously joins several different types of buildings and venues. The Galleria has become an important part of Toronto architecture in that it serves as a guide to successfully interfacing a variety of constructs created in more rigid and rigorist styles.
Lewis Kausel, Cecilia and Pendelton-Jullian, Ann Santiago Calatrava. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002