Day 278/365 of Steel – Eberhard Zeidler

Eberhard Zeidler, (January 11, 1926 – January 7, 2022) was a German-Canadian architect. He designed iconic structures and landmarks in Canada and internationally, most notably in Toronto.

Ontario Place, Toronto, Canada.
Fig 1: Ontario Place, Toronto, Canada.
Photo: sookie

These included the Toronto Eaton Centre, Ontario Place, Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as redevelopments of the Queen’s Quay Terminal and the Gladstone Hotel. His firm also designed Canada Place in Vancouver for Expo 86.

Toronto Eaton Centre
Fig 2: Toronto Eaton Centre
Photo: Canmenwalker

One of the essential elements of his early works is his employment of striking interior atrium space, which became widespread on an international level during the 1970s. Moreover, his experience in the Bauhaus school made him familiar with the technological matters in building design. These included structural and mechanical services.

McMaster University Medical Centre
Fig 3: McMaster University Medical Centre
Photo: Nhl4hamilton at English Wikipedia

This was exemplified in the McMaster University Health Science Centre, his breakthrough project. The building utilized regular geometric building modules, coupled with glazed service and circulation towers, internally exposed steel trusses, ducts, and an automated materials delivery system. 

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Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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