Sugar Beach
Sugar Beach
Toronto (Ontario), Canada

An urban beach next to the Redpath Sugar Factory

Sugar Beach is the second urban beach proposed for Toronto’s downtown waterfront, and the latest addition to the amber necklace of Toronto’s lakefront beachscape. It is a sequel to HtO, the waterfront’s first beach park. The proposal for Jarvis Slip playfully recomposes other signature elements of the city, with Toronto playing the role as its own design precedent. The omnipresent horizon of the lake and adjacent industrial buildings recalls Georges Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières (1884). Tinted by sugar spray carried on westerly breezes from the neighboring Redpath Sugar Factory, a series of hard rock candies with colored stripes and dozens of pink umbrellas are scattered across a sandy wedge of beach along the Jarvis Slip. Integrating the future Waterfront Promenade, along with a plaza for programmed and unprogrammed events, the design playfully adopts some of the most enduring elements from Toronto’s emerging landscape identity — beaches, bedrock, trees, and water — as well as the urban horizon and a trace of the city’s past industrial mood.

Client
WATERFRONT Toronto

Collaboration
The Planning Partnership, Halsall Associates Limited, The Municipal Infrastructure Group, Dillon Consulting Limited, Éclairage Public, Andrew Jones Design

Area
8500 m2 (2 acres)

Awards

Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (IRAC)
Civic Design Projects – Sugar Beach, Toronto

ASLA
Professional award – Honor Award Design – Sugar Beach, Toronto

Azure
Public award – Sugar Beach, Toronto

Toronto Urban Design Awards
Award of Excellence – Large Places and Neighbourhood Designs – Canada’s Sugar Beach – Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Regional Honour – Canada Sugar Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Year
2008-2010

Status
Built

Categories
Heritage
Park
Waterfront
Photo, Guillaume Paradis (CC+A)
Plan, CC+A
Aerial view, Eastern Construction
Aerial view, Eastern Construction
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Jesse Colin Jackson
Photo, Jesse Colin Jackson
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, CC+A
Photo, CC+A
Photo, Guillaume Paradis (CC+A)
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Jesse Colin Jackson
Photo, CC+A
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, CC+A
Photo, Guillaume Paradis, CC+A
Photo, Nicola Betts
Photo, Miles Storey
Photo, Jesse Colin Jackson
Photo, Jesse Colin Jackson
Photo, John Ferri (www.johnferri.com)
Photo, Martyn Weir
Photo, Nicola Betts
Rock, St-Alexis-des-Monts, Québec, CC+A
Rock extraction, St-Alexis-des-Monts, Québec, CC+A
Rock assembly, Jarvis Slip, Ontario, CC+A
Photo, en construction, CC+A
Perspective, CC+A
Vignette – Girl on the rock, CC+A
Perspective, CC+A
Christmas card, CC+A, décembre 2008
Plan, CC+A; An Afternoon at la Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884-1886; Bathing at Asnières, Georges Seurat, 1884
East Bayfront Precinct Plan, CC+A
Candy reference, source unknown
Photo of Redpath Sugar, Waterfront Toronto