Lower Yonge Urban Design Principles + Recommendations

Toronto, ON

Project Info
Lower Yonge Urban Design Principles + Recommendations
Toronto, ON
Completion Date:2014
Size: 60 Acres

Perkins+Will, working for Waterfront Toronto, led a multidisciplinary team to chart the future direction of the Lower Yonge area on the Toronto Waterfront. The area, in its existing and future uses, promises to be a catalyst in the comprehensive regeneration of the waterfront, acting as the link between downtown and other lakefront development areas. This framework for transformation offers an opportunity to provide continuity of urban form through scale, mixed-use programming, and density. This catalytic project leverages its strategic location with respect to the City Center, the waterfront, Harbour Street, Queens Quay Boulevard, Union Station and other waterfront communities, and contributes to the connected and energetic urban environment that will make Toronto a beautiful, sustainable, and amenitized global city of the 21st century.

To realize this potential, a thorough and creative framework plan builds on the area’s characteristics with an inventive vision for a revitalized neighborhood that acts as the connective tissue in a changing urban fabric and creates a character of its own. The emerging precinct plans for 5,300 residential units and 250,000 square metres of non-residential gross floor area, providing future home and workplace for up to 8,000 residents and 10,000 employees.

As part of the design recommendations, Perkins+Will created innovative and highly commended Tower Area Ratio (TAR) guidelines for the high-intensity precinct environment alongside creative guidelines for ground floor activation and a robust complete street network. TAR measures the percentage of the tower(s) floor plate as a ratio of the total block area (development parcel) to enable adequate access to sky from the public realm.

The Lower Yonge Urban Design Report was unanimously approved by the City Council in August 2014.