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Revealed: Alsop’s entry for Toronto ferry terminal contest

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The first images of Will Alsop’s shortlisted bid to regenerate Toronto’s Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park have been revealed

Working with local practice Quadrangle Architects, Alsop’s London-based studio – ALL Design – is competing against four other teams, including bids lead by New York High Line designer Diller Scofidio + Renfro and local firm KPMB Architects, in the race for the high-profile job.

All five shortlisted designs feature in an exhibition inside Toronto’s City Hall where the public will be invited to comment ahead of a decision by the competition jury.

The full shortlist

  • Clement Blanchet Architecture (Paris) + Batlle I Roig (Barcelona) + RVTR (Toronto and Ann Arbor) + Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Toronto)
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York City), architectsAlliance(Toronto)
  • KPMB Architects (Toronto), West 8 (Rotterdam), Greenberg Consultants (Toronto)
  • Quadrangle Architects (Toronto), aLLDesign (London), Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Toronto)
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston), nARCHITECTS (New York City), ZAS Architects (Toronto)

The shortlist was chosen following an open ‘pre-qualification phase’ which received more than 30 entries from 12 separate countries.

Similar schemes completed by Alsop include his 1993 Hamburg ferry terminal (Alsop and Stormer) and the Shanghai Cruise terminal.

Backed by Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto, the contest seeks ideas to revitalise the prominent lakeside site which is located at the end of the city’s major Bay Street and Yonge Street thoroughfares.

Completed in 1972, the ferry terminal connects the city to the nearby Toronto Islands.

The winning team will be appointed to complete a masterplan for area.





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