Winning design for Toronto ferry dock poised to become city’s new 'living room'

The winning submission features a spacious complex under a green roof, and is designed to attract all types of visitors, even those uninterested in riding the ferry.

April 13, 2015 |
Winning design for Toronto ferry dock poised to be city’s new living room

“The primary purpose is to make a public gathering place,” KPMB principal Bruce Kuwabara told the Toronto Star. Renderings courtesy West 8/KPMB Architects/Ken Greenberg Consultants

The winning plans by a team of three firms for an international call to redesign Toronto’s Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on Lake Ontario have been released.

The design by Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8, KPMB Architects, and Ken Greenberg Consultants were described by Canadian architecture critic Christopher Hume as “not the most exciting entry, but it was the most elegant and practical,” in his piece in the Toronto Star.

According to the renderings released, the winning submission features a spacious complex under a green roof. Hume believes the space will attract people, even those uninterested in riding the ferry, making the dock “a destination in its own right.”

“This is an important place,” downtown Toronto’s councilwoman Pam McConnell told the Star. “It shouldn’t be a barn. It’s the second-most visited place in Toronto. It gets more visitors than the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Royal Ontario Museum.”

For Christopher Hume’s full review, head over to the Toronto Star.

 

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