Upcycling Old Grain Silos

The Junction has one silo still standing, and it will probably be deconstructed when 43 Junction Rd is developed.

Although as a  rather off tilt blog, it would be nice to have the silo to remain the iconic disused reminder of our local heritage.

…yes, that is not reasonable, yet conversion in a manner as boring as two of the examples below is not good at all.

However the last example below has merit.

But of course the bleeding need right now is to get the rumoured organic supermarket on the site silo used or not.

text and image below Wikipedia,


Quaker Square is a shopping and dining complex located in downtown Akron, Ohio. Housed in a mill, factory, and silos built and owned by Quaker Oats, the buildings were bought by developers in the early 1970s who sought to create a unique, useful home for shops and restaurants. The buildings were bought by the University of Akron in 2007, and are now used as offices and dorms.

text and image below from Wiki Commons,

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Bunbury, Western Australia, wheat silos converted to residential apartments


 City Council recently held ‘The Silo Competition’ which involved the adaptive and reuse design for two former sewage treatment silos in the city’s Zeeburg district.

For the competition NL Architects proposed silos dedicated to climbing, sports and culture. In their design the existing structures were extended to the maximum height to benefit from the views.

The cultural silo consists of two theaters with dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces, spaces for workshops, exhibition spaces, music studios and a space for hair design. A bridge connects the silos at the height of the original roof level and office spaces will be positioned on top. The top level will be dedicated to a restaurant with 360 views and a roof terrace.

read full article here at, archdaily.com

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  1. junctionist says:

    The silos need to be preserved and can’t be allowed to fall apart. The site is very historical: the flour mill that operated on Junction Road from the 1890s through the 1980s–Campbell Flour Mills, later Maple Leaf Mills–was one of the most important industries in the Junction’s development. It’s the last building from that flour mill and very distinctive in the community. It’s a bold landmark.

    We’re going to see something done with disused silos here in Toronto soon: one structure at the foot of Parliament Street is to be incorporated in the waterfront revitalization plans. The city will have to find a use for the Canada Malting Plant silo at the foot of Bathurst Street as well. Both are heritage buildings.

    • junctioneer says: (Author)

      Agreed it would be great if the Junction silos could stand, and that is what I would dearly live to happen.

      However when the first silo structure which stood next to the one still standing was taken down, the immediate residents around the site were in joy, while the rest of the areas community simply ignored the 2010 demolition.

      Is there the will in the area or a organization with the skill set to run up a save the silos, effort, probably not.

      However we do need this plot of land to be reintegrated into the community,

  2. John says:

    Why? These are unattractive structures, effectively above-ground holding tanks. “Heritage” implies they are structures which the community at large desires to preserve as an aesthetic reminder of the past. The plain fact the matter is that the aesthetic part of the operation, i.e. the offices and manufacturing floor, were removed ages ago (at least on the waterfront.) The silos remain due to the high cost of demolishing reinforced concrete, not because Toronto looked at eight 12 story concrete tubes and said “This is something that future generations will appreciate.” Next they’ll be arguing the cluster of cell towers behind the Keele Centre is “a tacit reminder of our telecommunications culture that must survive” because everyone upgraded their iPhone.

    • junctioneer says: (Author)


    • junctionist says:

      They’re likable structures because they’re bold and distinctive. There’s nothing ugly about them–they’re built of neutral concrete. You see them and you know there was some significant industrial history at that site. They’re topped with an interesting industrial penthouse. When you see them, it’s like nothing else in the city. Another glass condo or big box store just wouldn’t be the same.

      The Keele Centre at 500 Keele Street is also heritage I could argue. Those massive ramps for trucks are quite novel–that was never done before and probably will never be done again. It’s distinctively 1950s and might remind you of the Gardiner Expressway. The combination of twin brick structures linked together by monumental concrete ramps gives the complex an impressive presence.

  3. junctioneer says: (Author)

    Hi I was stating that the 1st 2 images of conversations unattractive structures, with the jist that the possibilities for conversation can be much better.

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