Agreement signed for Quayside Toronto
Adjaye Associates/Henning Larsen/Alison Brooks/SLA
Plans progress for Canada's largest all-electric zero-carbon community
Canada’s largest all-electric, zero-carbon master-planned community is a step closer to realisation, with Waterfront Toronto and Quayside Impact confirming a development agreement for Toronto’s Quayside site. Designed by Adjaye Associates and Tenderstream members Henning Larsen and Alison Brooks Architects, the development at Parliament and Queens Quay will provide more than 800 units of much-needed housing, together with a Community Forest public space designed by Tenderstream member SLA.
Located 1.5 km from Toronto’s downtown, the Quayside development will revitalize 12 acres into a new community for residents and visitors to live, work, and play along the waterfront facing Lake Ontario. George Zegarac, Waterfront Toronto CEO, stated: “This agreement is another step toward Quayside becoming the world-class, complete community that Toronto was promised. It codifies the vision for this neighbourhood, and all the hopes that we heard from the public and from our partners in government: Quayside will be a community that is dynamic, inclusive and resilient.”
The design team is responsible for the first phase of development, and through establishing urban design guidelines, will coordinate the creation of subsequent blocks by others to ensure a curated collection of buildings that are distinct yet work together. The overall aim is to raise the bar on design across the entire neighbourhood in order to create a visually striking focal point on Toronto’s waterfront. The plans utilise exemplary low carbon development and innovations, including a significant urban farm atop one of Canada’s largest residential mass timber buildings. For the public, a cultural destination and multi-use arts venue will bring together space for the arts, Indigenous-centred cultural celebrations and flexible education spaces.