Bata Shoe Museum

Raymond Moriyama and Teshima Architects

Museum as container

This shoe museum in downtown Toronto collects, preserves, and exhibits footwear from around the world. "With an international collection of over 13,000 shoes and related artifacts, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 4,500 years of footwear history in four distinctive galleries" (press release). The architect designed the building as a container, evoking an opening shoe box; the roof suggests a lid resting on an open box. With age, the copper-clad trim will develop a green patina thus making the lid effect more evident. Although not as radical as some version of deconstructivism (see Coop Himmelb(l)au or Daniel Libeskind), this building has some characteristic features: non rectilinear angles (walls are canted), a wall that peels out from the facade, and an extravagant angled entrance portal, a transparent glass wedge.

A warm container clad in a limestone

Note how the wall peels out from the facade. See a post-modern example of this effect: Venturi Scott Brown's fire station in New Haven.

Dramatic angled entrance

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