Six Points Interchange

Location
Toronto

Client
City of Toronto

Date
2013

Overview

The Six Points Interchange has received a City of Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit in the Large Places and/or Neighbourhood Designs category. The design transforms the freeway-style “spaghetti junction” at the convergence of Dundas St. W, Kipling Ave., and Bloor St. W. into three pedestrian friendly at-grade intersections and a network of new streets. This major city development project is not only the first set of intersecting complete streets to be designed and constructed in Toronto, but will also transform Etobicoke as a regional hub.

Constructed in response to Toronto’s post-war suburban expansion, the Six Points Interchange is now reaching the end of its lifespan. The utilitarian design provides little amenity, no cycling infrastructure, cuts off parts of the neighbourhood from each other and takes up 16 acres of valuable land immediately adjacent to two subway stations. A new vision of the neighbourhood envisions a mixed-use community that will serve as a new civic centre located mid-way between Toronto’s international airport and the City’s downtown.

The new design will see the replacement of all the grade-separated interchanges with urban, grade-related intersections. Generous public boulevards will be provided on all streets including a double row of trees along Dundas Street West and space for patios along Bloor Street. New protected bike lanes will ensure that cyclists and motorists can co-exist safely. Overhead utilities will be buried and continuous tree trenches integrated into the streetscape. Public art features that preserve elements of the Westwood Theatre sign will be incorporated into the medians.

SvN completed the 100% design drawings including detailed designs for innovative storm-water management infrastructure, cycling intersections and local parks. SvN is currently Technical Advisor to the City of Toronto for the Street and Landscape Design.

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Expertise

We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.
Our team conducts engagement processes with clients, end-users and members of the community to understand existing conditions, identify options, negotiate solutions and secure the support of public and funding agencies. We use innovative graphic and modelling tools to illustrate architectural, urban design and planning visions to clients, stakeholders, regulators, potential investors and the public.