A Collaboration with the Architects gh3* to Create an Oasis of Green with a Pinch of Whimsy
Skylines of sameness are mushrooming around the world. Love Park in Toronto is a deliberate effort to break from the grid and assert an open space character that reinforces Toronto’s evolving landscape specificity, while introducing a unique signature that expresses the spirit of the city. A new metropolitan icon to capture the Toronto brand, Love Park will equally fulfill its role as a local park for the diverse mix of residents, workers, visitors and tourists in the burgeoning Waterfront Neighbourhood.
A space of simplicity and grandeur, Love Park will accommodate a myriad of flexible and open-ended uses, responding to continually emerging community needs, while sustaining its own conceptual integrity and personality over time.
The interplay between clearing and tree cover, sun and shade, as well as watching and revealing all combine to make a green oasis of quiet yet stimulating repose. Open-ended possibilities for program across the year can range from passive uses like dog walking, lunch eating, and taking selfies, to more organized happenings like Christmas markets, art fairs, community gatherings, outdoor cinema and shows. This breathing room in the city is qualified by a looseness in layout that promotes freshness and flexibility. Unobstructed sight lines through clearings and trees across the park, to the surrounding towers, as well as the harbour to the south promote safety without imposing an overly rigid structure of occupancy. A mirrored arcade pavilion by gh3* architects reinforces the geometry of the park layout, with reflective surfaces that amplify a feeling of infinity in this relatively small space. Comfortable for the body and invigorating for the mind, Love Park will become another urban catalyst, similar to our other Toronto projects – Sugar Beach and Berczy Park – that playfully compel people to give in to their heart’s wish to just let themselves feel good.
Waterfront Toronto, City of Toronto
gh3* (Architecture) , DEW Inc., Arup, Ombrages / Éclairage public, Lesley Johnstone (Public Art Curator)
8000 m2 (2 acres)
Winning team – International Design Competition 2018