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UPFRONT FROM TERRAIN VAGUE TO TERRAIN VIEW NICOLE MEIER + MARC HALLÉ FR_UN PERCHOIR SINGULIÈREMENT PAISIBLE 1 2 ...a unique “prow” vista draws the eye to a phenomenal unbroken panorama of the city skyline. ORDNANCE TRIANGLE IS an obscure postindustrial terrain west of downtown Toronto. This is a difficult site primarily because of the two busy commuter and freight rail corridors that cut it off from the surrounding city fabric. Ironically, it is this constraint that contributes to the site’s genius. The City of Toronto intends to lift the site out of its isolation by constructing two signature pedestrian bridges that will span over each rail corridor. The links will become important urban connections between the Queen West neighbourhoods to the north and the Fort York and Toronto waterfront districts to the south. A mixed-use residential and commercial development in the triangle will include the construction of four towers. The recycled fill salvaged from the excavation of the building foundations will be used to raise the grades of the open space to match the threshold elevation of each bridge. On the new topography between the two bridges, designers plan a wide pedestrian pathway tracing the ridgeline. This primary route passes under the park’s richly forested canopy and intersects with secondary pathways that lead pedestrians westward towards Liberty Village. HEIGHTENING THE DRAMA At the top of the park, where the city skyline is in full view, the drama will be heightened by a large new 50-metre outdoor public swimming pool in the foreground. A monumental staircase, flanked on both sides by restaurant terraces and pavilions, will invite pedestrians to step away from the ridgeline path. The infinity edge at the east end of the pool will produce a mirror reflection of the skyline, reinforcing a surprising sense of vastness within this highly constrained site. Beyond the pool, designers propose a public lawn at the prow of the park: a curiously tranquil perch above the intensity of the rush-hour trains below. 1 INSPIRATION: MONTAGE BASED UPON DAVID HOCKNEY’S POOL ON SPRAYED BLUE PAPER WITH PURPLE TOP (PAPER POOL) 2 BIRD’S EYE VIEW FROM TOP OF PROPOSED TOWERS LOOKING OVER PARK AND SKYLINE BEYOND. PHOTOS CLAUDE CORMIER + ASSOCIÉS CLIENT: DIAMOND CORP, BUILD TORONTO, CITYZEN DEVELOPMENT GROUP, + FERNBROOK HOMES ARCHITECTS: HARIRI PONTARINI ARCHITECTS (TORONTO); BKL ARCHITECTURE (CHICAGO) PARK AND URBAN DESIGN: CLAUDE CORMIER + ASSOCIÉS (MONTREAL) WWW.CLAUDECORMIER.COM MARC HALLÉ, a graduate of civil engineering and landscape architecture, is an associate at Claude Cormier + Associés, where he has been since 2003. Before joining Claude Cormier + Associés, NICOLE MEIER studied landscape architecture in Germany and worked with Agence Ter on the design and development of large parks and open spaces. 12 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES http://WWW.CLAUDECORMIER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2013

My NEW Favourite Places
Mes NOUVEAUX coups de coeur
Thompson Plus...
Planning Excellence
From Terrain VAGUE to Terrain VIEW
Folly Forest
L'Initiative de charte canadienne du paysage
What is Don Hill Listening to Now?
LACF FAPC: Rewarding Curious Minds / Curiosité primée
The Nature of Design
National Honour Awards
National Merit Awards
National Citation Awards
Reading Landscapes
Meet the Jury
B2B : Thanks for Asking!
The Last Word
LP +

Landscapes - Summer 2013