SLA is part of the winning team for Toronto Quayside Project

We are thrilled to share that SLA is the Lead Landscape and Public Space Designers behind the winning proposal for the 12-acre (4.9 hectares) Quayside development in Waterfront Toronto, led by developers Dream Unlimited Corp and Great Gulf Group.

Following a competitive process with four teams, it was on February 15 announced that our Quayside team – consisting of Dream Unlimited Corp and Great Gulf Group, Adjaye Associates, Henning Larsen Architects, Alison Brooks Architects, KPMB Architects, Murray Twohig, and SLA – is given the opportunity to develop the prominent site on Toronto’s waterfront.

Top view of the 'Community Forest' – and the urban farming, greenhouses, and community gardens atop one of Canada’s largest residential mass timber buildings.
The 'Community Forest'

Highlights from Dream and Great Gulf Group’s winning Quayside proposal include:

— A landmark cultural destination and multi-use arts venue in downtown Toronto that brings together space for the performing arts, Indigenous-centered cultural celebrations, and flexible education spaces.

— New public spaces and parks for all. Including a two-acre (0.8 hectare) urban ‘community forest’ that will provide a network of car-free green spaces for residents and visitors and add social, commercial, and biodiverse amenities to the city,

— An public network designed to be barrier-free and accessible for all ages and abilities.

— A significant 1.2-acre (0.5 hectare) urban farm atop one of Canada’s largest residential mass timber buildings.

— 800+ affordable housing units, more than doubling the affordable housing Waterfront Toronto has brought to the waterfront, with many delivered in the earliest stages to address an urgent need.

— Exemplary low-carbon development and innovations, making Quayside the first all-electric, zero-carbon community at this scale.


Below is the video that our team submitted as part of our proposal, introducing our approach and vision for Quayside.

The rest of the press release can be found here.

Find Waterfront Toronto’s media kit here and project background / FAQ here.

ArchDaily’s coverage can be found here.

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