Friday, February 12, 2010

PDP #175: Building Tomorrow, Today!

Every once in a while you come across a building that looks like it's been plucked out of the future. Toronto City Hall has a bit of this aspect even after fifty years, considering that it's pretty much totally unique in terms of design. In Vancouver (Burnaby, if you want to get pedantic and technical), the campus of Simon Fraser University is frequently used as an alien parliament or research center; off the top of my head, I've seen it in an episode of Battlestar Galactica and several times in Stargate SG-1.

This building, 1 Niagara Street in Toronto's Fashion District, has that same sort of vibe to me. It's done in such a way that it doesn't look quite like anything I've seen before, as if the architect was taking cues from 2050.

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  1. Oh trust me, you've seen SFU in way more than 1 episode of BSG. I think about 70% of Cylon-Occupied Caprica is just various locations around SFU.

    Another Vancouver frequently filmed futuristic-y landmark is our downtown public library.

    Yes, that's our Caprica.

  2. Probably so, but I mean more that I can only recall one specific episode where SFU was used - the one where Roslin was having those flashbacks.

  3. You might also remember Koerner Library on UBC's campus from the bit where Helo's trapped on Caprica. That scene broke the fourth wall for me in a pretty jarring way.

  4. I've never notice that building before ... it's not far from me.