What is Toronto’s most popular new building? The Pug Awards wants to know

What is Toronto’s most popular new building? The Pug Awards wants to know

The Bay Adelaide Centre is in the running (Image: Neal Jennings) 

Polls are now open for the 2010 Pug Awards, in which the Toronto public will recognize—through a vote of “love it,” “like it” or “hate it”—the buildings completed in 2009 that display the most architectural finesse. (Find the full list of nominations after the jump.)

What began as a satirical venture in 2004 as the Fugly Awards (given to buildings that were really freaking ugly) has evolved into a coveted Toronto distinction, with around 50,000 people expected to vote this year on 34 residential nominees and seven commercial ones—including the RBC Centre, the Telus Tower and the Madison Avenue Lofts.

Frank Gehry’s glass and wood façade at the AGO took the people’s choice award in the commercial category last year, and One St. Thomas Residences won the hearts of Torontonians in the residential category.

Voting will continue until the end of the month. Winners are to be announced on June 16 and will receive a rather fugly trophy showcased in city hall.

Commercial and Industrial Nominees

  • Bay Adelaide Centre
  • Bloorview Kids Rehab
  • Harbour Light, Salvation Army
  • RBC Centre
  • Royal Conservatory Telus Centre for Performance and Learning
  • Shops at Don Mills
  • Telus Tower at 25 York

Residential Nominees

  • 100 Yorkville at Bellair
  • 263 Wellington Street West
  • 455 Adelaide/10 Morrison Ave.
  • 60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative
  • 88 on Broadway
  • 900 Mount Pleasant
  • Chateau Royal
  • Courtyard Residences
  • Edge Lofts
  • Eq1 at Equinox
  • Gläs Condominium
  • Grande Triomphe—Phase II
  • London on the Esplanade—East and West
  • Madison Avenue Lofts
  • Malibu at Harbourfront
  • Minto Skyy
  • Montage, Block 24 E, Railway Lands West
  • Neo, Block 24 E, Railway Lands West
  • One Cole Condominiums
  • Plaza Royale
  • Pure Spirit at the Distillery
  • ReZen
  • Rouge Bijou—Downtown Markham
  • Sixtyloft
  • St. Gabriel Terraces
  • Success Tower at Pinnacle Centre
  • Summerside
  • The Arc
  • The Majestic
  • The Murano
  • The Russell Hill Seniors Residence
  • Toy Factory Lofts
  • Twenty Gothic
  • Zip at Battery Park

Time again for the good, the bad & the pugly [National Post]
The Pug Awards: from fugly to cuddly [Eye Magazine]