The Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel that creates what IS BCE Place, is some of the highest quality, and most carefully fabricated and erected steel in the City. The enduring popularity and grandeur of the space as an urban entity owe much to the choice and design of the tectonic qualities of the space.
Santiago Calatrava used a variety of steel shapes, detailing and connection types, each chosen to suit the location of the element as well as its proximity to view and touch. Where the steel comes into constant contact with the public, the finish is smoother and the elements more massive. The lightness of the "canoe" roof over the Galleria and the complexity of the vaults over Heritage Square make use of lighter members that can accommodate the highly articulated connections.
photos: Terri Meyer Boake