Cumberland Terrace

Unlocking Yorkville East

This project creates a critical framework and the urban fabric to fashion new public connections to reinvigorate the area north of Bloor, between Yonge and Bay with a clear directive to bring pedestrians joyfully east of Bay Street. Cumberland Square proposes a mixed-use redevelopment that synthesizes the eclectic forces of the historic Yorkville neighborhood and creates a new and extraordinary urban experience for Toronto.

Although once positioned as a connector between Toronto’s Yonge and Bay streets, the 1974 Cumberland Terrace is now a relic that impedes the public infrastructure necessary to create both a sense of place and multi-scale urban elements to reconnect the Yorkville fabric here.

Key to our vision is a public park and new pedestrian laneways defined by gauzy ceilings of light to create an evocative experience through which pedestrians see the tall towers above, including new residential towers that anchor the ends of the block.

Study of PATH Network connection.

Now named Cumberland Square, GPA’s masterplan for Cumberland Terrace utilizes robust retail programming whose architectural presence assertively weaves the Bloor Street scale north, now along a slower more robust public pedestrian realm.

Critical to this project is a thoughtful structural approach to span and isolate the existing subway below grade and to ultimately unlock the possibilities of the new public square at grade. In turn, the square reinvigorates the surrounding Victorian remnants and draws them into focus while knitting in dynamic new elements that skillfully scales the experience for pedestrians.

Cumberland Terrace
Night view of the public square at grade

The proposed master plan transforms 30% of the site to new public space, and in doing so creates new connections to currently isolated points of interest, such as: Janet Rosenberg’s Mist Garden,  Fire Station 312,  and Metro Toronto Reference Library.

Project Facts

  • Client

    Kingsett Capital

  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Size

    1.4 acres, 3 towers, 75, 61, 50 storeys with combined +1500 units

  • Status

    Site Plan Application

  • Sub-Consultant Team

    Structural — Entuitive

    Mechanical — The Mitchell Partnershio

    Planner — Hunter & Associates

    Civil — Odan-Detech Group

    Traffic — BA Consulting Group

    Wind & Noise — RWDI Consulting Engineers

  • Renderings

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