Rouge National Urban Park designs unveiled

Parks Canada is launching the public engagement phase on Moriyama & Teshima and Two Row's conceptual designs for the park's visitor, learning and community centre.

Three schematic conceptual designs for Rouge National Urban Park’s visitor, learning and community centre have been released to the public.

Designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects, in partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River-based Two Row Architect, the concepts feature an aesthetically and environmentally progressive, universally accessible building with visitor amenities that include indoor and outdoor multi-purpose gathering spaces, and a viewing platform.
This new, net-zero carbon facility will serve as the park’s primary learning and orientation facility where visitors, students, and residents can gather and learn about the Rouge’s heritage, as well as Parks Canada’s network of protected areas from coast to coast to coast. The Learning and Community Centre is envisioned as a highly collaborative, fully accessible learning hub that will serve as a gateway to this important, all-season destination in Toronto.

The Gateway will be perched above the nearby junction of the Rouge River and Little Rouge Creek and is expected to be made of mass timber, or a hybrid of mass timber with other structural materials.
Materiality will be an important element throughout the Centre, with highly naturalized spaces, connection with the park through all of the senses, and a focus on wellness with a purposeful indoor/ outdoor connection. The design of the three concepts all advocate for the intersection of human, nature, and the urban environment, with special considerations being placed on capturing the transformative qualities of nature throughout the different seasons.

“Parks Canada is looking for a very different type of visitor centre that will set a new precedent within the Rouge National Urban Park. We are inspired by their vision, and have tried to produce three very different designs, each of which has a unique storyline, but all of which respond to universal themes of nature, culture, and restoration,” says Brian Rudy, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects.

Currently in the planning stages, the public will have significant opportunities to provide feedback on the building concept and site plan in the coming months. Further details are available on the Parks Canada website at: