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King Street Causeway Parklet

IBI Group partnered with PCL to rethink Toronto’s King Street by transforming curb lanes into micro urban hubs for the public to enjoy. King Street Causeway creates a dynamic user experience while animating the city’s urban streetscape. It was a winning submission selected by the City of Toronto as part of the King Street Transit Pilot Project.


Client
City of Toronto
Location
Toronto, ON
2018 Completed

IBI Group developed a modular design proposal for a Durable Destination Parklet (DP) to celebrate the pedestrian experience along Toronto’s King Street. The project was one of two winning submissions selected for the Everyone is King: Design Build Competition, and later brought to life in partnership with PCL and generous sponsors.

Inspired by the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, King Street Causeway is comprised of interlocking hexagonal modules that are extruded at varying heights to accommodate a versatile environment.

Our design team implemented an underlying grid system, which provides an organizational element that allows for adaptability in height, position and materiality. The units consist of user-friendly tiles, footrests, seats, tables and illuminated dichroic beacons. The combination of these modules within the hexagonal base is endless, with easy assembly, reconfiguration and replication.

With a limited budget and an ambitious concept, IBI, alongside our partner and sponsors, led the design, construction and installation of the King Street Causeway. We ensured the DP provided accessible, multi-season use that contributed to the street’s vibrancy, while also improving placemaking and supporting local economic prosperity.

Originally located in Toronto’s Entertainment District and later relocated to the Fashion District, the King Street Causeway quickly became a daytime selfie hotspot for tourists and pedestrians to relax and visit. By sundown, it transformed into an ambient meeting point catering to the city’s vibrant nightlife.

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Durable Destination Parklet

2018

Design Build,
By City of Toronto

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