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Podium Roof Garden

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Plant Architect Inc., Adrian Blackwell Urban Projects, Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects, Perkins and Will
location Toronto
function park, square, urban plan
contributed by PLANT-Architect-Inc

This project is the first transformation in the Agora/Theatre City Hall revitalization. This 3-acre, upper-level component of the 1965 iconic City Hall was originally conceived by the Finnish architect Viljo Revell as a public ceremonial space accessible by a giant sculptural ramp. Unable to attract crowds, this space proved to be a grim, paved void, remaining closed to the public for over a decade. Today, this site is the largest publicly-accessible green roof in Canada and serves as the flagship green roof project for the City of Toronto. The garden fulfils the original potential of Revell's design, functioning as a place for gathering, ceremony, and where one can closely view the towers. Formally complex and lush, with a diversity of colour and texture, this metropolitan haven has become a site for intimacy, lingering and strolling, large-scale art installations and wedding-chapel gatherings.

In 2016, the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization received a Governor General's Medal in Architecture and a National Urban Design Award Medal.
Toronto, Canada 21-Oct-16
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Podium Roof Garden
Queen Street West 100
Project is public!
Opening hours from dawn till dusk
How to get there? Located at 100 Queen Street West, easily accessed by the TTC Queen street car (501), or the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University line (exit Osgoode Station).
Completion 5- 2010
Floor area/size 11000 m2
Main designer, Architect, Landscape architectPlant Architect Inc.
Landscape architectAdrian Blackwell Urban Projects
Landscape architectHoerr Schaudt landscape architects
ArchitectPerkins and Will
structural engineerBlackwell Bowick Engineering
contractorFlynn Canada
Client City of Toronto
Project ID 9330
Latitude/Longitude 43°39'13N 79°23'03W
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