Design

Sugar Beach

Toronto, Ontario
Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc., with The Planning Partnership

DESIGN -Regional Honour

Sugar Beach is three parks in one. Accommodating a wide variety of users and activities, the three distinct spaces of the park are united by a singular conceptual reference borrowed from the Redpath Sugar factory across the slip. The pink umbrellas, bedrock candy motifs, granite maple leaves, and interactive water feature are intended to become part of and draw attention to the site’s unique surrounding context.

The Beach is a sun-filled space where one can sink into a contemporary Muskoka chair and watch the lake, the city skyline, as well as the freighters offloading raw sugar across the Jarvis Slip. The smell of sugar in the air resulting from this process adds an unexpected dimension to the beach-going experience.

The granite Promenade is part of a continuous pedestrian system along the entire central waterfront. The random forest-like distribution of trees across the park falls into line when viewed along the promenade axis. framing the city to the north and the harbour, Toronto Islands. and Leslie Spit horizon to the south.

The Plaza is filled with grassy berms and a large granite bedrock outcrop that serve as an amphitheatre for public concerts in the stage doors of the entertainment studios adjacent to the park.

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Nathan Phillips Square Podium Green Roof Garden

Toronto, Ontario
PLANT Architect Inc./STIP in Joint Venture

DESIGN – Regional Honour

The Podium Green Root Garden is the first transformation In the lnternational competition-winning scheme “Agora Theatre”- the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization at Toronto City Hall. The 3-acre upper-level garden shows the city leading the way by replacing the concrete roof with the largest publicly accessible green roof in Canada. lt is the flagship project for the City, that since 2009 mandates green roofs on all now buildings. The project reconsiders how an extensive green roof can be an exciting and successful public space providing intimacy, gathering. strolling and wandering within a formally complex, lush and abundant variety of colour and texture that merits repeated visits.

Working within the heritage designation, this project specifically targets a weakly designed space in Revell’s 1965 sculptural modern masterpiece – one that has been closed for over a decade. It fulfils the original potential of this space as a public adjunct to the main square. as a place for ceremony, and as a place to get up close to the fine detail of the City Hall building. It brings new potential to the building and space by offering a garden respite from the harsh concrete downtown environment with places for intimacy and lingering, for lunch and evening strolls, and to technically improve the building and environment by contributing to energy efficiency, roof membrane longevity, sound insulation. air filtration, storm water management, and habitat creation.

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Martin Goodman Trail

Toronto, Ontario
Victor Ford and Associates Inc Landscape Architects

DESIGN – Regional Merit

This highly successful and widely embraced project demonstrates a remarkable transformation at one of Toronto‘s waterfront parks. A once degraded and inaccessible urban waterfront now offers a vibrant multi-use promenade, supporting a greater active transportation corridor for downtown Toronto. The project delivered a high level of technical finesse and aesthetic, with keen attention put towards accommodating multiple user groups and meeting consensus among a large body of stakeholders and public participants. Marilyn Bell Park now bestows a waterfront landscape that is not only functional and attractive, but also an iconic and memorable segment of the greater Martin Goodman Trail, Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail and the Toronto Bike Network.

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