Sherbourne Common
Aristea Rizakos

Sherbourne Common

PFS Studio as Architects

The conceptual design for the multi-award winning Sherbourne Common, located on the Toronto Waterfront, is built upon the abstraction of the Iconic Canadian lakeshore landscape types: the woods, the water, and the green. These three spatial zones are tied together by a linear stormwater sluice fed by ‘Light Showers’ by Jill Anholt.


As a key component of Toronto’s lakeshore redevelopment and renaissance, this signature park emphasizes inspiring civic space, flexible usage, play and sustainable systems. The design is strongly informed by the need for both a neighbourhood park and a city-wide destination. When first completed in 2011, Sherbourne Common was a set piece in an empty post-industrial landscape waiting for a community to surround it. It is now a successful example of “public before private” - the idea of developing high quality public open space to leverage and accelerate community and market interests. Sherbourne Common is now edged by the new George Brown Waterfront Campus and bracketed by a substantial new residential / mixed use neighbourhood along its entire east side.


A W A R D S 2013 Honour Award, ASLA 2013 Award of Merit, Large Spaces or Neighbourhood Design, Toronto Urban Design Awards 2012 Civic Design Projects - Sustainability 2012 CSLA National Honour Award for Design 2012 National Urban Design Award, Special Jury Award (Sustainable Award) 2012 Project of the Year, Ontario Public Works Association (TMIG) 2012 Willis Chapman Award, Consulting Engineers of Ontario (TMIG) 2012 Award of Excellence, Canadian Consulting Engineer (TMIG, URS, Quinn Dressel etc) 2011 Awarded Gold, Design Exchange Award 2011 Architectural Hardscape Award 2011 Elements – Honourable Mention, Toronto Urban Design Awards (Pavilion – Teeple Architects) 2010 Living City Award: Healthy Rivers and Shorelines for the East Bayfront Integrated Stormwater Management System at Sherbourne Common, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) (TMIG) 2009 Canadian Architect Award of Merit (Pavilion – Teeple Architects)

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