Vaughan Civic Centre, Vaughan, Ontario

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Originally an agricultural area located at the northern edge of Metropolitan Toronto, Vaughan is in the process of making the transition from its rural past to an urban future. Since 1981 the town has grown from approximately 30,000 to 220,000, experiencing unprecedented growth and consequently replacing farmland with housing and big box retail. The intent of the new Civic Centre is to set a tone for environmentally responsible and civic-minded development in the 21st century.

The design cocnept is based on the idea of cultivating a civic landscape.
The diverse program encompassing 325,000 s.f is broken down into various components to create a civic campus of low rise structures that define a public terrain of open and enclosed spaces.

The overall program includes the City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, a Civic Tower, and a Public Library building. Landscape elements include the Civic Square, reflecting pool/skating rink, public gardens and naturalized park.

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