BCE Place: Galleria & Heritage Square



Calatrava's intervention in the heart of Toronto covers Heritage Square with a soaring roof and creates a block-long arcade, connecting various buildings and streets. It gives form and meaning to spaces that otherwise would have become isolated by a general lack of co-ordination. Unlike the traditional glazed and vaulted arcades of 19th century Europe, with their purpose-built interior facades, this gallery has been conceived as a free-standing element between existing buildings. It appears as a new typology for weather-protected precincts. It is also a focal point for entry into central Toronto's subterranean pedestrian network.


1987 - 1992


Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St
Toronto, ON M5J 2T3


  • City of Toronto Urban Design Award for the BCE Place Galleria