At Cherry and Front Streets to the east of Downtown, the brand new Pan Am Village is now becoming the temporary Toronto home for 10,000 people. Built on land overseen by Waterfront Toronto (for whom this is the West Don Lands), DundeeKilmer is the joint venture developer that has created a new neighbourhood with their team of partners including George Brown College, Toronto Community Housing, the YMCA, architecture firms architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, Daoust Lestage, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, landscape architects The Planning Partnership and Michael Van Valkenburg Associates, and builders EllisDon and Ledcor PAAV and their subcontractors. Along with everything that the Toronto 2015 organizing committee and their partners have poured into the site, it's been a massive undertaking. It's ready for the Games now, and a year from now it will be ready for thousands of new residents.
Our previous article from this week's tour of the site focused on all of the preparations aimed at the athletes, this article is just to give you a better look at how the whole area looks now (without focusing on the temporary Games structures), to give you a hint of the 'raw materials' from which the neighbourhood, to be known as The Canary District, will be made.
Above and below, we face east on Front Street at Cherry, looking through the red-brick gateway into the neighbourhood, and taking a moment to consider the restored building where the now long-gone Canary Restaurant once was. It may be a restaurant again some day; that's not known for sure yet.
To the north of Front Street is the Canary District Presentation Centre, surrounded by the George Brown College residence and the Cherry Street YMCA. The residence, along with all of the other future residential buildings onsite, are currently temporary housing for athletes and officials.
Cherry Street, like Front, has gotten wide, tree-lined sidewalks wherever possible. The YMCA's red frame adds significant colour to the scene. Plenty of bike rings have been provided.
Inside the YMCA are many athletic facilities including a track and fitness studio, and pools, as seen below.
A walkway between the Y and the Presentation Centre leads into a public piazza area along Front Street.
George Brown College's big design gesture is a forest of columns at the south end of the residence's overhanging upper floors.
Giant Muskoka chairs have been strewn throughout the site.
With another Muskoka chair in front of it, we approach one of the affordable unit buildings with a particular interest in the street realm.
Public art in front of this building entails a tangle of lampposts, with one for every design found in Toronto, designed by Tadashi Kawamata.
Street furniture here includes water fountains and coordinated refuse and recycling bins along the wide sidewalks. Planters with copious greenery create outdoor rooms between them.
Up close to the buildings, we can see dashes of colour on the glazing, while above the doorways, built-in awnings await patio use.
Here's how the patios will look under extended awnings.
This is how one of the retail units looks. This one is currently being used by Maytag as a laundromat/café during the run of the Games, and it could be a café in the future too.
Back outside, another giant chair is positioned out front of the Canary District Condos on the south side of Front Street.
This building also features wide sidewalks in front with street furniture ready for future visitors.
A variety of trees have been planted on the various streets here, all in trenches which are meant to foster vigorous growth. 41 of the trees have been dedicated to the countries participating in the Pan Am Games.
Below, we walk further east, then look back to the west…
The wide sidewalks ready for retail and restaurant patios continue on past the Canary Park Condos all the way to Corktown Common at the east end of the site.
That's what we can show you now, but if you want to know more about the Canary District/Pan Am Village and various projects within it, you can find renderings and more information in the various dataBase files linked below. Want to get in on the conversations? Choose any of the associated Forum thread links, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.