Internationally renowned landscape architecture teams bring fresh perspective to one of Toronto’s most valuable assets – its downtown waterfront.
Waterfront Toronto held an innovative design competition in 2006 to select the best plan to convert Toronto’s central waterfront into a spectacular public waterfront destination.
While there had been much development in the area over the past few decades, there was no coherent look or feel and it was difficult to distinguish public space from private space along the shoreline.
The objective of the design competition was to connect and enhance existing public spaces like the Music Garden and to provide a distinct and uniform identity for all public spaces along Toronto’s downtown waterfront.
Thirty-eight teams from 15 countries on four continents responded to a Request for Qualifications and five teams were short-listed and asked to participate in the competition.
The following firms were selected by Waterfront Toronto to participate in the Central Waterfront Innovative Design Competition:
All five design teams produced a remarkable amount of exemplary work responding to the broad design challenge outlined in the Competition Brief.
Following an extensive public consultation process with stakeholders and a public exhibition at Toronto’s BCE Place Galleria and six other locations across the city, a five-member jury made up of prominent architecture, urban design and creative professionals selected the winner.
The jury unanimously selected the design concept by West 8 + DTAH as the winner of the competition saying it proposed a clear, simple and strong idea that can be implemented in the near future to create much needed public access to the waterfront for the citizens of the Toronto area. The jury also appreciated the proposal to create a continuous water’s edge promenade and a re-conceptualized pedestrian and bicycle friendly Queens Quay. Review the full Jury Report.