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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