2021 Gingerbread City
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM Monday to Saturday; 10:00 AM - 5:00 Sunday
Physical Exhibit at The Maker Bean Café (1052 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
Virtual Showcase on the TSA website
Hi! Welcome to Gingerbread City!
We’ve been expecting you.
The Toronto Society of Architects’ Gingerbread City is a fantastical metropolis where you can eat the walls and taste the lamp posts. Back for a second year, this year’s city is filled with unique creations built by architects, bakers and clever place makers including flavorful student residences, tasty Victorians, and freshly baked parks! You will even find some edible renditions of our city’s most recognizable landmarks and delicious inspirations from cities far away.
Ready to explore? Click on the images below to take a closer look of these edible creations, see additional content including pictures and descriptions, and learn more about their design.
Want to see some of these creations in person? This year we have partnered with The Maker Bean Café where a selection of these edible creations are on display — both at the storefront window and inside the café. Scroll down for more information about the in-person display, including hours, dates and address.
2021 Showcase: Tastes Like Home
Whether a house or a tower, a room or a landscape, a specific place or a feeling, the word “home” means something different to everyone. This year we challenged our participants to reflect on what home means to them, and create a gingerbread structure that reflects this — not only in shape and look, but also in how it tastes. Welcome home!
New College Residence III
Joël León Danis
First a Home…
The Sweet Group: Quance, Tossell & Barnes
Toronto is Home
Pamela and David Bruneau
Bibliothèque Monique Gingembre
Dialogue of Contrasts
Jasmeen Bains, Danielle Charlton, Audrey Fung, Grace Yang
Sugar Cube House
Snowy Suburban Side Split
Sandra F. Smith Architects
Elsa Lam, James Mallinson & family
Half-Baked: Santuário São João Bosco
Tastes like Home: Busy Street
MOSS SUND Architects
Make a Donation: Red Door Family Shelter
Gingerbread City is a completely free event meant to bring joy and make you smile! If you enjoyed these entries and want to support this initiative, we encourage you to make a donation to this year’s showcased organization: Red Door Family Shelter.
A Toronto based charity, Red Door Shelter has provided emergency shelter and support for women and children affected by domestic abuse, families experiencing a housing crisis, and refugee claimants with nowhere else to turn. Funds donated to the Red Door Family Shelter will directly contribute to their work in providing emergency shelter and critical support services to families seeking assistance. From ensuring that their clients receive access to counselling, immigration, childcare, and medical services, to providing assistance in securing safe, permanent accommodation, the shelter gives residents the resources, support, and time they need.
Visit Gingerbread City at The Maker Bean Café!
Want to check out some of these creations in person? A selection of some of the gingerbread you see on this website will be on display for a limited time at The Maker Bean Café starting Saturday December 18 at 4:30 PM. There is both a storefront window display and additional gingerbread inside the café where you can also get yourself a hot beverage and check out their laser cutting and 3D printing!
Date: December 18 – January 4
Address: 1052 Bloor Street West, Toronto (just east of Dufferin Station)
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
About this Initiative
Now in its second year, the Toronto Society of Architects’ Gingerbread City is a unique creative showcase and community building event bringing together architects and gingerbread lovers alike for a little fun and innovative city building all while supporting a good cause. This event builds upon the local Annual East End Architects Gingerbread Competition, an event organized by MOSS SUND Architects started in 2017 to bring neighboring studios together in support of a local charity.
Looking for even more gingerbread architecture? Check out our 2020 Gingerbread City!