Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners with Plant Architect, Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architect and Adrian Blackwell are the winning team in the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Competition at Toronto City Hall.
Chosen by a distinguished jury from four finalists and 48 entries world-wide, the Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners / Plant Architect team's scheme aims for LEED Gold Certification.
The design includes features such as a new public pavilion with rink support facilities, a food concession, washrooms and a generous upper level roof terrace overlooking the Square. A two-level restaurant will have seasonal outdoor patio and terrace dining and elevator access to the overhead walkway. They have also incorporated a new glass pavilion with a tourist information kiosk and elevator providing access to the overhead walkway, underground bicycle and car parking. Because the Square also acts as the heart of Toronto and hosts many public event year long, a versatile new stage structure with a roof canopy was incorporated into the design, with wide stairs leading to the elevated walkways and performance support space connected below-grade.
Landscaping is a key factor in enhancing the beauty of the space, and the design proposes to increase tree plantings and landscaping using sustainable strategies such as mixed species along the outer edges, around the podium roof of City Hall and in the relocated Peace Garden, which also features a reflecting pool.
A wide variety of sustainable design achievements linked to Toronto's Green Standard such as: a soil regeneration strategy; improved tree planting conditions and increased biomass and number of trees; facilities for cyclists and promotion of cycling; improved pedestrian environment; controlling light pollution; energy efficient design; renewable energy features; opportunities for public education; attention to the on-site microclimate; and local sourcing of materials;
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