Claude Cormier and Associates
DESIGN – Regional Citation Award
The addition of a new metropolitan-scale skyscraper and world-class hotel to Yorkville, Toronto’s nineteenth-century neighborhood of Victorian dwellings, presented a formal challenge. The contradiction between these two time periods and scales needed to be reconciled through the design of an urban plaza at the base of the towers. The resulting concept: a Grand Cast Fountain four stories high; an Urban Carpet that greets hotel guests upon their arrival with a knot density of 100 cobbles per square metre; and a roseless Rose Garden where the swirl of petals defines pathways and shrub beds. The oversizing of these classic features creates an experience for everyone both on the ground as well as from the towers above.