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)
Based on three distinct waterfront characteristics, this plan simplifies and unifies the region’s various functions.
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.
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)
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.
The extensive timber roof acts as a connection between the terminal and its surroundings, offering shade in summer and daylight in winter.
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)
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.
The new terminal is flanked with inviting public spaces to solidify its connection to the surroundings.
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)
Cloud Park is a proposal for revitalizing Harbour Square Park and the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Source by WATERFRONToronto