Unless you work in the financial district or actively seek out the grandeur of this hidden design, the Allen Lambert Galleria in the Brookfield Place building often goes unlooked. It's the central passage of the building, in the heart of the financial district, and perhaps the core location of its frequent small art exhibits or the annual World Press Photo display in the fall.
The atrium itself is a marvel. One step inside and you become instantly amazed with a single glance upwards. Transported into someplace else, a side step out of the bustling financial district, one sees the intricate patterns designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. For some, it might be a surreal ice cave they step into. For others, it may be the weaving artwork of a spider. Or as the design originally intends, it's a tall forest with the trunks spewing out fro the bottom and the branches mingling high above your head.
I work in the area but also commute to Union station and I often come here during my lunch breaks or to pass through the PATH just to gaze into the complexity of this architecture. I'm lucky to have these regular visits, being so close, but I strongly urge those away from the city to pay the place a visit. (PS there's a good food court below if you need a snack).
Located at 181 Bay Street, just a few steps out of Union station.