Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners and PLANT Architect win Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Competition

Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners with PLANT Architect, Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architect and Adrian Blackwell are the winning team in the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Competition.

Chosen by a distinguished jury from four finalists and 48 entries worldwide, the Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners/PLANT Architect team’s scheme will be designed to LEED Gold certification. The project includes features such as:

a new public pavilion at the southwest corner of the Square with rink support facilities, a food concession, washrooms and a generous upper level roof terrace overlooking the Square;
a two-level restaurant in the southwest portion of the Square with seasonal outdoor patio and terrace dining and elevator access to the overhead walkway;
a new glass pavilion at Queen and Bay Streets with a tourist information kiosk and elevator providing access to the overhead walkway and underground bicycle and car parking;
a versatile new stage structure with a roof canopy, wide stairs leading to the elevated walkways and performance support space connected below grade;
redesigning the landscape along the edges of the Square and the west side by increasing the number of trees, planting mixed tree species and utilizing an innovative and improved soil planting medium;
a wide variety of sustainable design achievements linked to Torontos Green Standard such as: a soil regeneration strategy; improved tree planting conditions and increased biomass and number of trees; facilities for cyclists and promotion of cycling; improved pedestrian environment; controlling light pollution; energy-efficient design; renewable energy features; opportunities for public education; attention to the on-site microclimate; local sourcing of materials;
a larger and enhanced Peace Garden with a birch grove and reflecting pool at a new location in the western landscaped area of the Square;
animating the podium roof of City Hall with a perimeter landscaped garden, a courtyard framing the Council Chamber and a caf at the prow;
extending the paving from the Square to the newly landscaped Queen Street forecourt;
a relocated and redesigned entry to the underground PATH system along Queen Street;
upgrading the overhead walkways with wood decking, seating, glass balustrades, light wells and improved access.

The Plant Architect Inc. & Shore Tilbe Irwin design best fulfills the guiding principles and design opportunities for Nathan Phillips Square as set out in the competition brief, said Eric Haldenby, Chair of the Competition Jury. The team has imaginatively reinvented elements of the Square, enhanced the experience of the public realm and integrated exemplary new sustainable design approaches.

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