Queens Quay Commons: Toronto Waterfront Market Revitalization

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    Aerial Exterior Render
    Elise Cloutier / Steven Lin
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    Interior Render
    Elise Cloutier / Steven Lin
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    Section Drawings and Steel Connection Details
    Elise Cloutier / Steven Lin
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    Exterior Render
    Elise Cloutier / Steven Lin
Author(s)
Elise Cloutier
Steven Lin
Project Date

The Toronto waterfront has often been viewed as blighted or under-utilized, a sentiment that still exists today as new plans for revitalization begin to actualize. The waterfront has been key to Toronto’s prosperity, particularly during the post-war era, as it connected the city to the rest of the world, facilitated trade, was a host to industry, and helped sustain economic prosperity. The waterfront no longer serves these purposes and is beginning to be reimagined as a place where people can live, enjoy public space, and connect with Lake Ontario. We propose a marketplace to make use of underutilized, industrial land at the end of a harbour on the Keating Channel. The site is well connected with the City, and is accessible by the Martin Goodman Trail, Parliament Street and Queens Quay East. Co-operative housing, luxury condos, and new high-rise developments are all in walking distance, and so we intend for the marketplace to welcome a diverse range of individuals and families. The three white, inverted ‘V’ steel masts are a nod to the waterfront’s past industrial use, and current use as an active port. The masts carry an accessible steel canopy - the wide open space underneath is able to host a flexible range of programs, although its main use is as a market.