Toronto’s Waterfront Gets High Design From a Low-Tech Approach

And the included designers are an architectural dream team: Adjaye Associates, Alison Brooks Architects and Henning Larsen

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A brand new neighbourhood is set to transform a vast stretch of Toronto’s waterfront. Alison Brooks Architects, Adjaye Associates and Danish practice Henning Larsen have been appointed to deliver the new transforming Quayside into an all-electric, zero-carbon community.


Waterfront Toronto will begin negotiations with Dream Unlimited Corp. (Dream) and Great Gulf Group, known as Quayside Impact Limited Partnership, for developing the Quayside site in downtown Toronto.

The announcement comes after a competitive process, with four teams vying for the opportunity to transform the 12-acre (4.9 hectare) site into a community for residents and visitors to live, work and play.


The project includes 4,300 residential units in five high-rise towers, 1,000 for rent or sale below market rate, a huge midrise building with a structure of mass timber designed by Adjaye Associates and a two-acre green courtyard dubbed a “community forest” – designed by prominent Danish landscape architects SLA


The buildings on the property are set to be “a visually striking focal point on Toronto’s waterfront,” which is clear from the renderings supplied by Waterfront Toronto.


Waterfront Toronto and Quayside Impact Limited Partnership will negotiate a project agreement. Negotiations are expected to be completed by fall 2022, at which time more information will be shared with the public as Waterfront Toronto and Dream and Great Gulf work to finalize the development plans, seek municipal approvals, including development approvals, and bring this remarkable community to life. 

story imageThe car-free urban parks between the five towers. Courtesy of © Waterfront Toronto.


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story imageA street view of the timber house by Adjaye Associates. Courtesy of © Waterfront Toronto.



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