The 2015 Pan Am Games brought a number of new sports venues to Toronto, and I decided to photograph a couple of them that look promising. I recently wrote about the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, and now it’s time to talk about the Markham Pan Am Centre. Markham is the suburb immediately northeast of Toronto.
The Markham Pan Am Centre houses a triple gymnasium, a 10-lane Olympic-sized swimming pool, several all-purpose rooms, meeting areas and a two-level fitness centre.
[icon_box title=”Project Info” icon=”fa-info-circle “]Developer: Infrastructure Ontario
Builder: Bondfield Construction
Architect: B+H Architects[/icon_box]
What immediately strikes you when you see the building is its massive size. It meant that I had to shoot A LOT of angles to cover the different interesting areas. I couldn’t do it quickly, so I had to do it at different times of the day, from late morning to dusk.
The distinctive architectural feature of the building is the colorful walls that you can see on the north and south facades.
The main entrance is on the east side and features a huge glass wall, showcasing the main staircase.
The building is surrounded by an enormous parking lot, with many reserved spots for handicapped people, families and electrical vehicles.
Contrasting with the large parking lots, the southeast side offers lots of greenery, with some nicely designed landscaping.
As I said, it wasn’t easy to photograph the whole building because of its massive size. To top this, some lights only turned on late into the blue hour, which meant I had to re-shoot some of my angles. Since I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot, it did not take me too much time, but I definitely got a little stressed out.
While it’s not the most stunning and original building, I do like the functional architecture, at least from an exterior point of view. The building was closed when I was shooting, so I couldn’t even see the interiors.