Canadian architect of Canada Place and Eaton Center dies

The Canadian architect responsible for designing some of the country’s most iconic landmarks has died.

The eponymous architectural firm of Eberhard Zeidler announced this week that their founder passed away on January 7, 2022. He was 95 years old.

He had a direct hand in designing the Canada Place pier in Vancouver, which was built in time for the Expo ’86 World’s Fair for its first use as the Canada Pavilion.

Canada Place uses now include the Pan Pacific Hotel, the offices of the World Trade Center in Vancouver and the Port of Vancouver, the east building of the Vancouver Convention Center under the signature five sails, the FlyOver Canada flying attraction attraction, and Canada’s largest and busiest cruise ship terminal.

Zeidler also designed the CF Eaton Center shopping center in downtown Toronto, the busiest shopping center in North America and the largest urban shopping center in a major city center in North America. Spanning the length of a city block, the iconic glass atrium provides the center with a unique meeting space, while also engaging in placemaking – an interior street integrated as part of the fabric of the city.

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Eberhard Zeidler (Zeidler Partnership Architects)

Zeidler’s other notable works include Ontario Place, including the attraction’s Cinesphere, and a number of hospitals. His company credits their founder for being an early pioneer in reshaping hospitals with a human touch to serve the emotional needs of patients, visitors and staff – adding natural light and green spaces and creating communal areas. offer to come together.

“I first met Eb in my senior year of architecture school at the University of Toronto. My father, an architect who had previously worked with Eb, recommended that I join his design studio,” said Vaidila Banelis, senior partner at Zeidler Partnership Architects, in a statement.

“That year, Eb taught me not only to focus on the strong conceptual design, emphasized in the Faculty of Architecture, but also to highlight technical solutions. He showed me how to ensure the survival of a strong concept through the development and build process. Eb offered me a job after graduation. Since that time, over 30 years ago, I have enjoyed his tremendous support and encouragement, and am proud to represent the amazing design firm he founded.”

Throughout his career, Zeidler influenced the designs of more than 1,000 buildings around the world.

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