Vaughan Metropolitan Centre/KPMG Block
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre/KPMG Block
Vaughan (Ontario), Canada

The Civic Square – A distinguished plaza with a signature design

A key component to the implementation of the masterplan’s vision, the Civic Square links the central axis to the new public transportation hub. As the first development phase to be constructed, together with KPMG’s new building, it constitutes an important anchor point for the whole project. The Civic Square is partitioned in a sequence of three contiguous plazas surrounding the office tower. The unique paving pattern, with its high contrast and bold motif, is used as a common denominator for each of the three sub-spaces of the Square. To the east along Millway Ave, TTC Plaza offers comfortable and fluid pedestrian experience linking it to the public transportation infrastructure as well as numerous relaxing opportunities provided by ample seating areas located beneath a generous green canopy consisting of a large bosque of more than 25 trees. In addition to the daily flow of worker travelling through the East Plaza, the space will also be used as a venue for small events and a farmer’s market, bringing further animation to this urban ensemble. The West Plaza, on the other side of the Office building, is the threshold to the Central Park and features a large reflecting pool as its key element, marking the transition from the civic character of the plaza toward the leisurely ambiance of the park.

Client
SmartREIT

Collaboration
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., BA Group

Area
18000 m2 (4.5 acres)

Awards

2017
Vaughan Urban Design Awards – Award of Excellence

Rex Awards – NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association – Office Development of the Year

Year
2012-2017

Status
Under construction

Categories
Institutional
Plaza / Garden
Skyscraper
Streetscape
Photo, 2018 – Industryous
Photo, 2018 – Industryous
Photo – Tom Arban
Photo – Tom Arban
Photo, 2018 – Industryous
Photo, 2018 – Industryous
Photo, 2018 – Industryous
Rendering – TTC Plaza and New Park Place – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Rendering – TTC Plaza and New Park Place – SmartCentres, SmartUrban, Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Louis Vuitton Pattern – Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton Inspired Paving Pattern – Claude Cormier + Associés
Louis Vuitton Bag – Louis Vuitton
Key Plan, KPMG Block – Claude Cormier + Associés and Diamond Schmitt Architects
Photo, 2018 – Industryous