Four Seasons Hotel And Residences
Four Seasons Hotel And Residences
Toronto (Ontario), Canada

Landscape for flagship hotel and residences

Known for its nineteenth century Victorian houses, Toronto’s historic Yorkville neighbourhood is poised for the new millennium with the arrival of a metropolitan scale skyscraper and world-class hotel. The contradiction between these two eras and scales is reconciled in the landscape, where stylistic elements from the former period are amplified to fit modern day perceptions.

We deployed three key landscape elements between the contemporary complex and its elderly neighbours, a heritage fire station and library. An overscaled “urban carpet” rendered in eight tones of red cobblestones greets hotel guests, a grand cast-iron fountain stands four stories high, and a rose-less rose garden, where the swirl of petals produces pathways and shrub beds, provides a space of rest. The oversizing of these classic features creates powerful spatial experiences on the ground – and offers playful views from the towers above.

Client
Menkes Developments, Lifetime Developments

Collaboration
Architects Alliance, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, NAK Design

Area
4 000 m2 (1 acre)

Awards

Toronto Urban Design Award
Award of Merit – Small Open Spaces Category

Azure
Best Landscape Architecture Design – Finalist

Canadian Society of Landcsape Architects
Regional Honor – Design Category

Year
2006-2012

Status
Built

Categories
Master Plan
Plaza / Garden
Skyscraper
Photo, CC+A
Photo, Marc Cramer
Plan, CC+A
Photo, Paul Casselman
Photo, John Consoloti
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Photo, Paul Casselman
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Photo, John Consoloti
Photo, Paul Casselman
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View of the Fountain from the Rose Garden - Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto, CC+A
Rose Garden - Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto, CC+A
Photo, Guillaume Paradis, CC+A
Photo, Marc Cramer
Photo, Paul Casselman
Photos, delivery of the fountain, CC+A
Photo, under construction, CC+A
Photo, under construction, CC+A
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Photo, Paul Casselman
Conceptual plan, CC+A
Elevation, CC+A
Conceptual plan, CC+A
Conceptual image of the fountain, CC+A
Carpet plan, CC+A
Conceptual image of the Rose Garden, CC+A
Fountain elevation, CC+A
Perspective, Alain Carle
Perspective, Alain Carle