Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
The new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is situated between the CN Tower and Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building. This prominent site also lies within a concentration of other significant visitor attractions, including the Rogers Centre and Air Canada Centre. The building design was developed to create a dramatic landmark in Toronto and provide the highest quality environmental education in a richly entertaining complex. The architectural form consists of a stealth like multi-facetted shell clad in large aluminum panels. The main architectural gesture is the roof of the main entrance that gives the illusion of the earth’s crust peeling away to reveal a window into the aquatic world. This expression is further emphasized through the folded light coloured façade surfaces that juxtapose the vibrant reflective aluminum soffits.