The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present With New Eyes: Architecture for Torontoby Francesco and Aldo Piccaluga Architects, an exhibition dedicated to the work of Italian-Canadian architects Francesco and Aldo Piccaluga.
In the postwar era, Toronto’s exchange with European countries such as Italy helped inform a new wave of modern architecture that brought international attention to the growing Canadian city. Spanning three decades, the architecture and interior design of Francesco and Aldo Piccaluga played a significant role in crafting new, visionary spatial experiences as symbols of modern Toronto.
Fascinated by the success of the Liberal Party under Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the Piccaluga brothers moved to Toronto in 1968 after completing architectural studies in Italy. Known for their ability to work across scales, their practice included furniture design, commercial interiors, private residences, and urban infill social housing projects in Toronto’s East End. Combining an interest in vernacular architecture and craftsmanship with the international perspective of modern architecture, their designs promoted a sense of progress and cultural belonging through experimentation with colour, material, and innovative building layouts. The original interiors for the CN Tower exemplify the brothers’ unique ability to create visually engaging spaces while also providing occupants with a feeling of comfort.
Examining the impact and legacy of the Piccalugas’ designs on the city of Toronto, the exhibition will present original materials from the Piccaluga archive together with interviews and present-day photographs of the buildings.
With New Eyes: Architecture for Toronto by Francesco and Aldo Piccaluga Architects opens September 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. The architects will be in attendance.