princes' gate square - toronto

Princes’ Gate pavement; resting area in Strachan Avenue; light column in Lakeshore Boulevard; the Mount; master plan of Link Park

The Princes’ Gate symbolizes and celebrates Canada’s Past, Present and Future. The proposed design respects the Princes’ Gates for it’s symbolic and monumental presence  and significance, the plaza design underlines and reintroduces the open space as a true urban presence connecting the community, the city, the nation and reaches out to the world as a commemorative urban space a beacon of culture, friendship and design
between two cities: Toronto and Milano. A metaphor of design initiatives captures and celebrates the origin of the gates and the CNE creating a sense of place to its context in the new urban waterfront fabric capitalizing on creating and strengthening linkages and connections to the waterfront and the city.
The utmost respect is translated to the historic monument preserving the symbolic landmark entirely by touching the structure with a wash of artistic illumination to accompany the existing lighting. 
The intervention is symbolic and functional reinstating the historic image of the gates
artistically. All the arboreous essences and materials chosen not only highlight the 

Italy-Milan / Canada-Toronto twinning but are seasonal in nature and maintenance conscience.


Municipality of Toronto


999.815,00 $

Built Surface

45.000 mq


2005 - 2006 Built

Work carried out

Concept, Design Development and Landscape and Urban Design


Sd Partners with F.C. Cordero, E. Magistretti, A. Lunardi, S. Benedetti, Sering, The MBTW Group