"We want dilettantism in contrast to routine: the significance
of a contribution does not lie in the ill-feeling it provokes but
in what it gives that is truly durable."
(Architecture: a Challenge, Sigurd Frosterus)
The architect of the building for the Ontario Provincial Government was H.A. Maaskant. This architect played a major role in the reconstruction of the Netherlands. He designed many important buildings such as the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, the Euromast in Rotterdam or the Scheveningen Pier.
"A esa burbuja que su vida es hoy, Quien la punzo, arrancando preguntas desmesuradas? Puedes tu responderselas hablando del espacio ilimitado, del principio del mundo, si es que principio tuvo?" (Luis Cernuda-Anumula, Vagula, Blandula)
"En la parte inferior del escalon, hacia la derecha, vi una pequeña esfera tornasolada, de casi intolerable fulgor. Al principio la crei giratoria; luego comprendi que ese movimiento era una ilusion producida por los vertiginosos espectaculos que encerraba" (Jorge Luis Borges-El Aleph)
Wallace Kirkman Harrison, the leader architect of works such as the Rockefeller Center, the UN headquarters complex or the Lincoln Center was also the architect of the American Embassy in Havana. According to Harrison architecture was something small, something you can touch with your fingers.
The other building in the picture in Streamline Moderne style is the celebrated Torre Olan designed by Cuban architect Antonio Santana and built in 1952.
"I know Elias Torres to be a remarkable thinker and marvelous architect and believe he is one of the most important European architects practicing today. Through his extensive public and private projects he raises architecture to the level of art." (Glenn Murcutt)