Finch West station is located at the intersection of Keele Street and Finch Avenue West. The hydro corridor to the north of the station accommodates commuter parking for 347 vehicles, Passenger Pick-Up and Drop-Off with associated access roads from Keele Street.
Bruce McLean, Alsop’s long-term collaborator, was appointed as artist for the station, and in this particular case the art is totally integrated into the architecture of this structure.
McLean was inspired by ancient architecture – the external columns at Finch West refer to Greek caryatids and those supporting the underground roof were influenced by 6,000 year old Minorcan pillars that would have supported underground houses. The sculptural concrete forms are integrated with the supporting columns of the substation and entrance buildings, the bus canopy, and double-height columns below grade. Every visible aspect of the public space of this project aims to blend the boundaries between art and architecture.
Finch West Station incorporates:
• Cool roof and green roof;
• Increased daylight levels to reduce electric lighting power usage;
• Energy efficient HVAC system;
• Reduced storm water runoff into the municipal drainage system by utilizing green roof and soft landscaping areas adjacent to other building runoff areas;
• 100 secure and 13 short term bicycle parking spaces;
• Landscape design with native and drought-tolerant species;
• Integrated public art;
• Barrier-free with one fully accessible entrance;
• Maximising height and volume of station
Of both Pioneer Village and Finch West Stations, Will Alsop said, "I have to assume that on one of those really cold, miserable January mornings ... there will be people down there travelling to a job that they'd probably rather not do. What I want them to feel is a little bit of cheer, a little bit of joy."
LOCATION Toronto, ON, Canada
TYPE Transportation - Metro and Bus stations
CONTEXT Major interchange on newly extended Spadina Line
CLIENT Toronto Transit Commission
SIZE 11,200 m²
COMPLETION December 2017
VALUE $130M CAD
IBI Group is the architect of record for both Finch West and Pioneer Village Station, based on the scheme designed by Will Alsop, in joint venture with LEA Consulting Ltd. and WSP. Further information regarding Finch West station can be found here: Finch West Station
*Please note that Finch was photographed at the opening event but was yet to have it's glass panel placed at the end on the building