TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto's Spadina WaveDeck has received
another prestigious design award, this time from the American Society of
Landscape Architects (ASLA). The Spadina WaveDeck earned a 2009 Honor Award
from the ASLA in its General Design category and was one of two Toronto
waterfront projects honoured this year.
Each year, the ASLA honours the best in landscape architecture and urban
design from around the globe. The 2009 competition featured over 600 entries
from around the world.
Since opening eight months ago, the Spadina WaveDeck, designed by West 8
and du Toit Allsopp Hillier (DTAH) has received two leading design awards and
was the first Canadian project ever to be short-listed for the world-acclaimed
Brit Insurance Design Awards.
"We're so pleased that the Spadina WaveDeck has been honoured again,"
said John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto. "This project
exemplifies what Waterfront Toronto means when we say that design excellence
is part of everything we do. It's a public gathering place that is also a
stunning piece of art."
The Spadina WaveDeck is the first of four dynamic wavedecks planned for
the end of major waterfront streets. Two more dramatic wavedecks will open at
Rees and Simcoe Streets this summer.
"The design for the wavedecks is inspired in part by Ontario's Great Lake
shoreline and the cottage experience," said Adriaan Geuze, Principal, West 8.
"They're meant to give urban dwellers the illusion of an authentic Canadian
landscape and a feel for life at the lake."
To construct this urban deck, West 8 + DTAH chose timber to create a
flexible gathering place that curves playfully like a wave along the
shoreline. The stairs act as an informal amphitheatre while the deck itself
provides different vantage points and experiences with the lake. In the
evenings, the space is kept alive with 24 underwater LED lights.
The wavedecks are just one part of West 8 + DTAH's comprehensive design
to convert Toronto's central waterfront into a dynamic public area with
continuous access to the lake. The design also includes a water's edge
promenade and boardwalk with a series of bridges that allow pedestrians to
stroll over slips and inlets. The transformation of Queens Quay into a grand
boulevard that will rival the world's best streets is also an integral part of
This bold and innovative design for the central waterfront has also
received important awards recognition. It has been honoured with two Toronto
Urban Design Awards, as well as a National Merit Award from the Canadian
Society of Landscape Architects.
Design excellence is a core priority and differentiator for Waterfront
Toronto. Everything we build on the waterfront - from buildings to streets to
parks and public art - will set new standards for architecture and public
To help achieve and uphold our standards for design excellence,
Waterfront Toronto hosts international design competitions, works with some of
world's top architects and landscape designers and incorporates urban design
as an important component in our environmental assessment process. The
Waterfront Design Review Panel, an independent body comprised of some of
Canada's most prestigious architects and planners also guides and informs our
The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto
created Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable development,
economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key drivers of
For background information on the Spadina WaveDeck and construction
updates for the Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks, please visit
For more information about the 2009 American Society of Landscape
Architects Awards, please www.asla.org.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contact - Samantha Gileno, Waterfront
Toronto, (416) 214-1344 x264 or (416) 271-1316