International design competition for Park at base of Fort York in Toronto awarded to gh3
GH3, a Toronto-based architecture and landscape design firm, has been announced the winner of the international design competition for June Callwood Park.
The slender park, named after the Canadian journalist and social activist and located just south of Fort York, is designed as an intensified urban forest with a series of interconnected clearings. A sampling of Callwood saying, "I believe in kindness," taken from the last interview she gave before her death, was physically mapped onto the site to form the pathways and clearings between the trees and benches.
The plantings are composed of native Canadian trees and other specimens that would have been present at the time the area was settled. The park's six clearings each have their own unique features. Shallow puddles that collect rainfall, extruded organic benches, a stainless steel maze, a pink field, linear strip gardens, and pools which, when warmed by ground-source heat become a mist garden, all seek to create intimate, memorable, and playful outdoor spaces in the city.