As for the back side of Panorama, it looks great. I loved how they cleaned up the bottom of the Gardiner in that area. The asphalt is new and they have installed lighting randomly throughout the area. Hopefully they spruce it up a bit more over time.
the article mentions "playful design elements" under the Gardiner adjacent to this building, but thus far it looks like a slanted ashfault surface with some some small light poles. It is being used as parking for contractors right now. The article shows a rendering of the outdoor space on the podium, but what will the area under the Gardiner look like when completed? Are they planning anything else? I don't see any playful elements, and haven't seen any renders.
raw designs urban room development to save Gardiner Expressway
The Gardiner Expressway in Toronto has been a bone of contention for some years. The City of Toronto has discussed the possibilty of removing the expressway and beautifying the waterfront and public space surrounding it but in spite of this there has been no progress to date. Architecture firm, raw design has decided to take the initiative and, instead of joining the rally to get rid of the Gardiner, is creating developments that utilise the neglected expressway.
Currently nearing completion, Panorama is the latest in a series of developments in the area, by developers Concord Adex, collectively known as CityPlace. The location of Panorama gave raw design principal Roland Rom Colthoff the impetus to revamp the dead space under the expressway into a large outdoor vestibule for residents. This is the first building to use the space beneath the Gardiner as an urban room and it will feature design elements by public artist Pierre Poussin. The design aims to incorporate the Gardiner as a fluid part of the city’s design for the future. Colthoff designed Panorama while working as principal at his previous firm Quadrangle Architects and the project is currently being seen through to completion by raw.
I wouldn't mind seeing a mix of spaces like this built under the Gardiner, spaces that we generally wouldn't build along the main streets of downtown. Stylized parking lots, skate parks, or perhaps there's a stretch we could stick an ice rink under. Stuff like that would be kind of cool.
Is the idea about using space under the Gardiner by having say a new condo's lobby take up the space like in the above pic actually being done?
Do people on this board find this visually appealing?
the article mentions "playful design elements" under the Gardiner adjacent to this building, but thus far it looks like a slanted ashfault surface with some some small light poles.