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March 3, 2011

Will Alsop and RMJM unveil Cor-ten steel subway station

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Will Alsop has released his final designs for the new Steeles West Subway Station and Bus Terminal in Toronto. Alsop has previously worked in Toronto, producing the Sharp Centre for Design. Officially designed by Will Alsop/RMJM with Stevens Group Architects, renderings of the whopping $159-million project, show it clad with Cor-ten steel, which will oxidize to a rusty patina. The distinctive façade, crowned with large plain letters spelling the station’s name, is joined by a wide, swooping roof, which extends to and hovers over a six-bay York Region Transit bus terminal. The design also incorporates several sustainable elements, including cool and green roofs, LED lighting, and water-efficient plumbing fixtures. The completed station is scheduled to open in 2015.