Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

National Urban Design Awards — 2010 Recipient

Spadina WaveDeck
Toronto
ON
Award Category: 
National Urban Design Awards
Civic Design Projects

WEST 8 + DTAH Joint Venture

The Spadina WaveDeck, the first in a series of playful wooden gathering places at the water’s edge, has become a symbol for the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront. With its playful undulating form, this 630m2 wavedeck creates public space in an area that was formerly a narrow sidewalk without access to the lake.

The wavedeck combines innovative geometry, careful use of materials and detailing and unique lighting effects. It also includes the creation of new, high quality, diverse fish habitat. An important element in the master plan for Toronto’s downtown waterfront, the Spadina WaveDeck introduces new public space, promotes interaction with the lake and helps to create a coherent identity for the area.

Jury Comment(s): 

“This design is a nice piece of art, creating an interesting node and a continuous path that accommodates all abilities and disability.  [The Spadina Wavedeck] fully animates the urban environment.”

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