Queens Quay Boulevard
2006-2015, Toronto, Canada

Queens Quay, which runs east-west parallel to the lakefront, is the Toronto’s main waterfront street. This 1.7km (2 mile) waterfront boulevard, which was officially opened in June 2015, was designed by West 8 in collaboration with DTAH and developed by Waterfront Toronto.

The redevelopment of Queens Quay is one of the sub-projects from the 2006 award-winning Toronto Central Waterfront master plan.

The reconstruction of Queen Quay noticeably reorganizes traffic: it reduces the number of lanes of traffic on the street from four to two, places a dedicated Light Rail Transit (LRT) Corridor in the middle, and adds wider granite sidewalks on both sides of the street. The waterfront Martin Goodman Trail (a multi-use recreational trail) has also been extended and runs along the broad south side of the street.

The generous pedestrian sidewalk on the south side of the street includes a double row of 240 trees. Each of which are planted inside a silva cell, a hollow frame that contains a generous amount of soil for the tree while supporting the weight of the pavement above. Built-in irrigation channels in the pavement steer rainwater to the trees’ roots and then the overflow into the sewer system.

Once uninviting, the opening of the new world-class Queens Quay, links major destinations along the water’s edge creating a Public realm that is pedestrian and cycling-friendly. It offers a grand civic meeting place and an environment conducive to economic vitality and ground floor retail activity. The design will create a lasting legacy for the city, which is both beautiful and functional. 

client
Waterfront Toronto
partners
In joint venture with DTAH
awards
Consulting Engineers of Ontario, Award of Merit in Transportation 2016; CSLA Awards of Excellence honorable mention 2016; Brownie Award Best Overall Project - Neighbourhood Scale 2015; Toronto City Planning Award of Excellence 2009
team
Adriaan Geuze, Jelle Therry, Blair Guppy, Christian Gausepohl, Ela Chojecka, John Payne, Kees Schoot, Lynnette Postuma, Maarten Buijs, Shachar Zur