The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) held a tour of the new Finch West Station at the end of July as part of their ongoing series of summer building tours. The station is one of six new subway stops on the $2.6 billion extension of the Spadina subway line from Toronto into the City of Vaughan. One of the key design principles of Finch West was to integrate architecture, engineering, and art. LEA Consulting, along with IBI Group, and WSP (TSA Joint Venture) collaborated with Will Alsop and artist Bruce McLean to tackle the challenge of creating a design for the station that acted as a catalyst to a new, exciting public realm.

On the tour, representatives from IBI Group and the TTC were joined by LEA’s very own Peter Ojala and Mohammad Majdabadi as they guided attendees around the stunning new station to discuss how architecture, engineering, and art came together on this unique project.

Mohammad Majdabadi discusses the structural design of the station on the underground pedestrian walkway to an audience of curious tour attendees.

Mohammad Majdabadi discusses the structural design of the station on the underground pedestrian walkway to an audience of curious tour attendees.

Sculpted columns found throughout the station provide a synergy of form and function, and the tour attendees learned how TSGA worked closely with the artists to ensure that the result was both practical and visually appealing.

Peter Ojala discusses the underground station box and support columns as attendees look on.

Peter Ojala discusses the underground station box and support columns as attendees look on.

We want to thank all the curious attendees who came to the tour, as well as our colleagues at IBI Group and the TTC for inviting us to talk about this amazing project.