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.
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., BA Group
Vaughan Metropolitain Centre - 490 000 m2 (120 acres) / Central Park - 43 100 m2 (10.7 acres)
Plaza / Garden