A Sphere’s Eye View at Erin Mills Town Centre

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You’ve probably seen by now that Erin Mills Town Centre is undergoing a massive $100-million renovation—its first since it opened back in 1989.

With this renovation comes the expected sleek facelift, and part of that is the removal of the clock tower. While some of us are sure to miss it, in its place is a new and impressive icon—a huge glass sphere 283 feet in circumference! Shaped like the earth with lines for longitude and latitude, the sphere will pierce through the roof to the centre court area, and provide a great wash of natural light in combination with the new clerestory windows.

Now, check out the view from inside this project as it’s being completed, with these exclusive photos. Erin Mills Marketing Director Francesca Bourré led our intrepid editor and rather curious photographer Mike Douglas on a tour. He donned a hard hat, harness, safety boots and sunglasses and climbed up to the top of the sphere to take some stunning photos of the city. Have a look!

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Four-point “spiders” will help to hold each piece of curved glass in place.

Four-point “spiders” will help to hold each piece of curved glass in place. (Click for a larger photo.)

If you look northeast, you can imagine where Streetsville is just to the left of the grain mill.

If you look northeast, you can imagine where Streetsville is just to the left of the grain mill. (Click for a larger photo.)

Mike, on top of the worl-- er, sphere.

Mike, on top of the worl– er, sphere. (Click for a larger photo.)

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