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Got the urge to explore? Grab your camera and get ready for the Doors Open Toronto festival, set to kick off the weekend of Saturday May 24th and Sunday May 25th. See the Toronto cityscape in a whole new way as more than 155 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance will open their doors to the public. Best of all, it’s free so be sure to start planning your trip now.

If you have a soft spot for all things related to real estate and architecture, check out our picks and interactive map below:

Doors Open Information Centre Great Gulf, Monde Presentation Centre – 291 Lakeshore Boulevard East

Not sure where to start? Great Gulf has got you covered as volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and even help you organize your day, giving you tips on where and what to visit.

Days Open:

Saturday May 24th 10am to 5pm (Last Admittance)

Sunday May 25th 10 am to 5 pm (Last Admittance)

One King West Hotel & Residence – 1 King Street West Floor

This is a special year for One King West as the Ontario Heritage Building is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Originally the Dominion Bank Building, visitors will be able to explore the building as it once was and roam the Grand Banking Hall and vault.

Days Open:

Saturday May 24th 10am to 5pm

Sunday May 25th 10 am to 5 pm

Daniels Spectrum (Pictured Above) – 585 Dundas Street East

As one of Toronto’s premier cultural centres, visitors who make it in before 3pm will be treated to a host of art related activities from tenant organizers. Daniels Spectrum is the product of a non-profit joint venture between The Daniels Corporation, Toronto Community Housing and Artscape.

Days Open:

Saturday May 24th 10am to 5pm

Sunday May 25th 10 am to 5 pm

Diamond Schmitt Architects – 384 Adelaide Street West

Tap into the mind of an architect and explore the studios of Diamond Schmitt Architects. Visitors will enjoy presentations from leading architects as they talk about future developments sprouting around Toronto.

Days Open:

Saturday May 24th 1pm to 5pm

Sunday May 25th 1pm to 5 pm

Hubbard Park Apartments – 42 Hubbard Boulevard

Make it out to the Toronto Community Housing building and meet with the architects behind the ambitious redevelopment project.

Days Open:

Saturday May 24th 10am to 5pm (4:45 pm Last Admittance)

Johnson Chou Inc. – 1085 Woodbine Avenue North

Minimalist and modern, these black and white stucco clad buildings are on show for the first time at Doors Open Toronto. Explore the work from the award winning design firm behind such projects as the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Days Open:

Saturday May 24th 10am to 5pm (4:15 pm Last Admittance)

Ontario Association of Architects – 111 Moatfield Drive

If you want a better sense of local talent, make your way to the hub of Ontario’s architects. Visitors of the building can tour an exhibit of the 2014 OAA award winners.

Days Open:

Saturday May 24th 10am to 4pm (3:30 pm Last Admittance)

Sunday May 25th: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (3:30pm Last admittance)

For more information, please visit the Doors Open Toronto website.

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