By Waheeda Harris
You may have heard of Toronto’s High Park and its lakefront Martin Goodman Trail, but two lesser known Toronto green spaces have recently been listed among the top 50 Canadian design projects of the annual Design Exchange Awards: the Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof and the waterfront’s Sherbourne Common
Toronto’s iconic City Hall roof was designed by PLANT Architect, which transformed 3,250 square meters of concrete into a space with trees, bushes, flowers, grasses, benches, walkways and courtyards, making it the largest public-accessible green roof in the city. Opened in May 2010, the roof park is part of the ongoing revitalization of City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.
Sherbourne Common was 1.5 hectares of industrial land that was reimagined by landscape architecture firm Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg as a sustainable green space with more than 150 trees, completed this past summer. Incorporating a storm-water treatment facility as part of its waterfront design, the park includes a LEED Gold-certified pavilion, bicycle storage and a series of three art sculptures: Light Showers by artist Jill Anholt.
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