A modern picturesque park at the heart of a future transit oriented community
The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is a proposed 60 hectare (150 acre) development that will redefine the city centre in Vaughan, north of Toronto. From the early stages of the project, Claude Cormier + Associés has been involved in the design of the key public spaces for the development, including a central park situated at its heart. Connected to the Greater Toronto Area through the TTC subway extension and an expanded regional transportation network, the Vaughan Metro Centre proposes a wide range of spaces and urban amenities for residents and businesses such as office towers, mixed-use residential buildings, pedestrian shopping, restaurants, green spaces, with a walkable public realm that also accommodates cyclists. Ultimately, 25 thousand residents are expected to live in this community.
The central park, an 4.4 hectare (10.8 acre) open space distributed across a succession of three blocks, is designed to accommodate a variety of both planned and unplanned activities such as sports and recreation, cultural events, canteens as well as a pop-up farmers market. These amenities intend to support a rich community and cultural life with a locally diverse economy.
The park anchors the regional transportation network, and connects the public realm with the subway and bus station via a colonnade of trees. A filigree of curved pathways, inspired by the work of British artist Bridget Riley, creates a strong language that unifies the separate blocks of the park. Circulation in the park reinforces both the park axis as well as an experience of vistas inspired by the tradition of great scenic parks where pedestrians pass through wooded areas and clearings.
Phase 1 is a 2.8 hectare (7 acre) block planned to open in 2016 with the completion of the new subway station and a 14 floor office tower on a retail podium (KPMG). The public realm for Phase 1 will include an event plaza and the first block of the central park, composed of a reflecting pool and the planting of more than 200 trees, as well as the public right-of-way (sidewalks, bike paths, street trees, etc.). Residential towers will be constructed shortly after.
Smart Centres and SmartUrban
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
Masterplan 600 000 m2 (150 Acres) / Park and Plaza 58 680 m2 (14.5 acres) / Phase 1 – 28 240 m2 (7 acres)
Plaza / Garden