5 Proposals Reimagine Toronto Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park

Harbour Landing Ferry Terminal / KBMP Architects, West 8, Greenburg Consultants. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto

Toronto has unveiled five proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park competition. The finalists were tasked with transforming Toronto’s waterfront by revitalizing the existing ferry terminal and park through an extensive gradually-implemented masterplan. See all five proposals, including designs by nARCHITECTS and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

Mount Pleasant House / Roundabout Studio

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Architects: Roundabout Studio
Location: Toronto, ON,
Area: 5480.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrew Snow, Courtesy of

Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for Toronto’s Second Tallest Tower

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Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for an 80-story mixed-use tower that will rise 318-meters on a prominent site in downtown Toronto at One Bloor West. The city’s second tallest building, “The One” skyscraper aims to “pioneer a new model of vertical retail” with an expansive, 60-meter commercial base that will anchor dense housing.

AD Classics: Robarts Library / Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde

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If the architectural volte face of the late 1960s heralded the genesis of postmodernism, deconstruction, and a golden age of theory, it came at an equally destructive cost. Escaping the totalizing regime of modernism demanded from architects more than the promise of new ideas; it required the falsification of modernist axioms and the wholesale annihilation of its spiritual eidos. In this critical moment of death and rebirth, some pieces of the modern project survived only by hiding under the cloak of the technological progress, while others—like modern city planning—persisted only because there was no way to turn back the clock.

Through House / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

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Architects: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Area: 1450.0 ft2
Photographs: Bob Gundu

“Winter Stations” Bring Warmth to Toronto’s Frozen Beaches

Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro

Five finalists have emerged from the 196 submissions of ’s first international design competition. Drawing proposals from 36 countries around the world, the competition challenged entrants to transform the lifeguard stations on Toronto’s east beaches into public art pieces for the winter. The finalists’ designs were constructed in mid-February and will be displayed until March 20, 2015.

Take a look at the completed installations, after the break. 

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

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Architects: Studio JCI
Location: Toronto, ON,
Area: 456.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy

The Linear House / Green Dot Architects

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Architects: Green Dot Architects
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Team: Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh
Area: 155.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Arban

Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

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Architects: +tongtong
Location: St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, , ON M5E 1M6, Canada
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lisa Petrole Photography

Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners

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Architects: LGA Architectural Partners
Location: , ON,
Area: 2800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Her Majesty’s Pleasure / +tongtong

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Architects: +tongtong
Location: , ON, Canada
Architect In Charge: John Tong
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Photographs: Lisa Petrole

Open for Submissions: Re-Imagining Toronto’s “Winter Stations”

’s life guard stands. Image Courtesy of RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio

RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio have launched Winter Stations, an open international design competition challenging artists, designers, architects and landscape architects re-imagine the life guard stands on Toronto’s waterfront as “temporary wintertime installations” that “inject color, movement, humor and more into the landscape.” The theme is “Warmth,” and there is no limit to the size of the installation, but the jurors will take durability and constructibility into account. The selected installations will be built in February 2015. Registration is now open and submissions are due December 5, 2014 with winners announced in early January 2015. All the details can be found, here.

Cossette V7 / Teeple Architects

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Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: 32 Atlantic Avenue, , ON M6K 1X8,
Area: 45000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy , Evan Dion

AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the occasion we’ve rounded up some of ’s best architecture. Our five selections represent five Canadian cities, each with a unique architectural sensibility. We begin in Toronto with the Royal Ontario Museum addition by Studio Daniel Libeskind, a striking intervention using prisms of glass and steel fused to a 102-year-old museum structure; next we go to Montréal for Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie, an interlocking modular housing project designed for the World Exposition of 1967; to Calgary for Santiago Calatrava‘s understated Peace Bridge, a stunning glass-encased red lightning bolt spanning the city’s widest waterway; then to Winnipeg‘s Old Market Square Stage by emerging firm 5468796 Architecture, a chameleonic performance space wrapped by a mesh curtain of steel cubes; and finally to the outskirts of Vancouver for the Richmond Olympic Oval, a masterpiece of engineering and the centre of attention during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Enjoy, eh.

Street House / gh3

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Architects: gh3
Location: , ON, Canada
Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
Photographs: Raymond Chow

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

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Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: , ON, Canada
Team: Drew Mandel, Jowenne Poon, Rachel Tameirao, Jasmine Maggs
Area: 2880.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

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Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of ’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Fichman Residence / regionalArchitects

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Architects: regionalArchitects
Location: 375 King Street West, , ON M5V 1K1, Canada
Principal: Drew Sinclair
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Terry Tourangeau