Doors Open Toronto 2017

Looking down on Nathan Phillips Square from the observation deck on the 27th floor at City Hall.

Buildings of significance in Toronto opened their doors to the public this weekend for the 18th straight year and yet it was the first time I’d ever taken advantage of it.

Doors Open Toronto fed my curiosity for what places I’d passed by a million times over the course of my life looked like inside. It also gave me the chance to see unique, panoramic views of the city that I hadn’t seen before.

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FAGUS-WERK

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Until recently, I was ignorant of the fact that there exist a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites close to where I currently live (Lower Saxony, Germany). Fagus Factory, better known as Fagus-Werk, is one of them. Designed by the founder of the Bauhaus School, Walter Gropius, the building was considered unusually modern when it was erected in 1911 because it dismissed traditional forms and instead, considered the need for light, air and clarity.

A timeless example of 21st century architecture, I would not have been surprised if someone had told me the factory was new. The glass and steel windows are, in my opinion, especially stunning. When I visited Fagus-Werk a few weeks ago, I joined a tour and learned that while the windows have recently been restored, the brick structure of the building remains in original condition.

So what kind of goods are produced here exactly?

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