Ur­ban Up­date

Four projects putting fresh spins on old city spa­ces

Designlines - - Contents - BY ERIC MUTRIE

Four city projects that have us cheer­ing “in with the new!” BY ERIC MUTRIE

1 AR­CHI­TEC­TURE 101 Perkins+will’s lat­est as­sign­ment: to cre­ate a vi­brant new land­mark for the Univer­sity of Toronto’s once-pro­saic Mis­sis­sauga cam­pus. Their de­sign can­tilevers two rec­tan­gu­lar vol­umes above a wide, con­crete-clad band. The glazed terra cotta-cov­ered wings add ad­min­is­tra­tive and aca­demic space for var­i­ous de­part­ments. A dra­matic glass atrium sits be­tween them with a grand stair­case that acts as both stu­dent lounge space and an in­for­mal event venue; its ex­tra-wide treads dou­ble as benches.

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2 NO CARS GO Eto­bi­coke’s days as a sub­urb are over. An upcoming civic cen­tre will es­tab­lish a pedes­trian-friendly down­town district in the west-end com­mu­nity. The com­plex, en­vi­sioned by Dan­ish firm Henning Larsen with Toronto’s Adam­son As­so­ciates and PMA Land­scape Ar­chi­tects, calls for a clus­ter of trape­zoidal build­ings that will pack in a coun­cil cham­ber, a pool and gym, a li­brary, a day­care and of­fice space. Their stag­gered ar­range­ment shel­ters an ad­ja­cent out­door square. HENNINGLARSEN.COM, ADAM­SON-AS­SO­CIATES.COM, PMALARCH.CA

3 SHORE THING To imag­ine Mouth of the Creek Park, Pub­lic Work looked to the area’s sur­round­ings: Fort York’s historic grounds to the left and the soar­ing mod­ern tow­ers of Ci­ty­place to the right. The firm’s so­lu­tion re­shapes the site into a sloped promon­tory that re­flects what ex­isted back when the site sat at Toronto’s shore­line. El­e­vated look­outs of­fer a van­tage point for tak­ing In­sta­gram-wor­thy shots of the city sky­line, while the shel­tered base is per­fect for sum­mer movie screen­ings. PUBLICWORK.CA

4 HOT TO TROT Come fall, CF Ea­ton Cen­tre shop­pers can model on a stylish new cat­walk. To co­in­cide with the mall’s 40th an­niver­sary, Wilkin­soneyre en­vi­sioned a new pedes­trian bridge that bet­ter syn­the­sizes the aes­thet­ics of the two struc­tures it links: Eb Zei­dler’s glass­roofed gal­le­ria, and the historic Hud­son’s Bay depart­ment store across the street. Thick, etched-bronze pan­els are densely clus­tered on the rounded south end and be­come thin­ner, sparsely spaced and more rec­ti­lin­ear as the run­way pro­ceeds north. WILKIN­SONEYRE.COM

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