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CN Tower Plaza

IBI Group, working with Graham Infrastructure, won the design competition for the re-design of the public realm at the base of Toronto’s CN Tower, the CLC Front Street access  revitalization and the public space connecting the Entertainment District BIA south to Bremner Boulevard.


Client
Graham Infrastructure Ltd.
Location
Toronto, ON
9,915 sq m CN Tower Plaza
2,110 sq m Front Street Access
2013 Completed

The CN Tower Plaza and CLC Front Street Access redesign successfully addresses the deficiencies of the previous aging design, and provides the public space surrounding some of Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks with a fresh, new, pedestrian-oriented focus that has been a catalyst for future landscape projects within the city.

The open plaza scheme not only allows for maximum pedestrian peak flow rates to accommodate large visitor groups throughout the CN Tower’s business hours, but also provides a high-quality public realm for neighbouring communities. The connected spaces now provide a clean, inclusive and universally-accessible corridor which is defined by creative wayfinding elements including gateway features, colourful structures and directional paving.

The CN Tower Plaza and CLC Front Street Access project is one of the most successful landscape revitalization and redevelopment projects in southern Ontario, providing a premiere destination within Toronto’s downtown core. The project enhances the adjacent uses and vital access points while creating key meeting and gathering spaces at the intersection of two vibrant, core streets.

Trevor McIntyre

Global Director - Placemaking + International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.

Neno Kovacevic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neno-kovacevic-91971015/

Neno Kovacevic is a leading Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who has worked on numerous initiatives in North America, Central America and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience to environmentally sensitive design, integrating sustainability into community master planning, parks, open space, urban public plazas and streetscape design. His experience reflects the diverse, evolving role of landscape architecture in facilitating economic development, community building and sustainability. His work is distinguished by a talent to identify and resolve client issues through visionary and practical design solutions, supported by solid project management skills and a proven ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative design team.
In 1994 he completed his Masters degree in landscape architecture at Edinburgh University and is fully registered to practise in Canada, the United States and Montenegro.