5 design proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park

Waterfront Toronto unveil five innovative design proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park. The goal of the competition is to create an inspiring vision for the long-term transformation of the Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park. The five teams who will be presenting proposals include a mix of Canadian and international design firms:

Clement Blanchet Architecture (Paris), Batlle i Roig (Barcelona), RVTR (Toronto and Ann Arbor), and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Toronto)

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Clement Blanchet Architecture, Batlle i Roig, RVTR and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect

Based on three distinct waterfront characteristics, this plan simplifies and unifies the region’s various functions.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Clement Blanchet Architecture, Batlle i Roig, RVTR and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect

The plan highlights key views, creates a continuous pedestrian path for a cohesive site, and uses the terminal as a gateway to the waterfront’s diverse activities.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Clement Blanchet Architecture, Batlle i Roig, RVTR and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect

Meanwhile, new features reflecting the diversity of place, including a wetland sculpture park, orchard, dunes, playground, and pool, activate the water’s edge and offer a space to keep every visitor entertained.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York City), architectsAlliance (Toronto), and Hood Design (Emeryville, California)

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architectsAlliance, and Hood Design

Activating the waterfront as a year-round destination, the environmentally-adaptive Civic Canopy relies on a continually changing program to speak to Toronto’s diverse population.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architectsAlliance, and Hood Design

The extensive timber roof acts as a connection between the terminal and its surroundings, offering shade in summer and daylight in winter.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architectsAlliance, and Hood Design

The fusion of natural and urban features creates a comfortable place for ferry-goers to wait, while a geyser clock announces each boat.

KPMB Architects (Toronto), West 8 (Rotterdam), and Greenburg Consultants (Toronto)

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenburg Consultants

Addressing the functional set-backs of the waterfront’s current layout, Harbour Landing creates a strategic experience that combines the ferry terminal and park into a single unit, offering shelter beneath and green space above.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenburg Consultants

The new terminal is flanked with inviting public spaces to solidify its connection to the surroundings.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenburg Consultants

With beautiful pedestrian walkways and public water activities, the terminal becomes an “urban getaway” for visitors and residents alike.

Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston), nARCHITECTS (New York), and ZAS Architects (Toronto)

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Stoss Landscape Urbanism, nARCHITECTS and ZAS Architects

Cloud Park is a proposal for revitalizing Harbour Square Park and the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Stoss Landscape Urbanism, nARCHITECTS and ZAS Architects

The resigned park re-established the city’s direct physical and visual linkages to Lake Ontario, the Harbour, and the Harbour Islands, while creating a compelling, ethereal, and one-of-a-kind public space for Toronto’s waterfront.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Stoss Landscape Urbanism, nARCHITECTS and ZAS Architects

It also re-works and greatly enhances the visitor experience of those using the island ferries by fully integrating the terminal buildings and functions into the verdant and active park.

Quadrangle Architects (Toronto), aLLDesign (London), and Janet Rosenburg & Studio (Toronto)

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Quadrangle Architects, aLLDesign and Janet Rosenburg & Studio

Drawing upon the historical platform of the region as a maritime port, this plan infuses the rhythm of the waves into the design, with the typography’s rise and fall mimicking wave patterns and revealing views.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Quadrangle Architects, aLLDesign and Janet Rosenburg & Studio

High and low traffic areas are differentiated through materiality that rationalizes the incongruity of the site, and guests enjoy a comfortable waiting environment featuring weather-sensitive zones and an elevated bar.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
Image © Quadrangle Architects, aLLDesign and Janet Rosenburg & Studio

Source by WATERFRONToronto

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