Vaughan Metropolitan Centre/Central Park
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre/Central Park
Vaughan (Ontario), Canada

A modern picturesque park at the heart of a future transit oriented community

The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is a proposed 49 hectare (120 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, a 4 hectare (10.7 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.

Client
SmartREIT/SmartURBAN

Collaboration
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., BA Group

Area
Vaughan Metropolitain Centre - 490 000 m2 (120 acres) / Central Park - 43 100 m2 (10.7 acres)

Year
2012-...

Status
In progress

Categories
Master Plan
Park
Plaza / Garden
Streetscape
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Aerial Rendering Looking West – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Conceptual Inspiration (Composition with Circles 2) – Bridget Riley
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Tree Species Diversity – Claude Cormier + Associés
VMC Central Park, Masterplan – Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
VMC Central Park, Landscape Typologies – Claude Cormier + Associés
Section, Landscape Typologies – Claude Cormier + Associés
Program Diagram – Claude Cormier + Associés
VMC SmartUrban Development, Key Plan – Claude Cormier + Associés
VMC SmartUrban Development, Circulation and Uses – + AssociésClaude Cormier
Vaughan Metropolitain Centre (VMC) Streetscape and Open Space Masterplan – City of Vaughan
Vaughan Metropolitain Centre (VMC), Regional Context – Claude Cormier + Associés