SvN’s Six Points Interchange wins 2017 Toronto Urban Design Award

We are proud to announce that 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.

The jury commended the project on its exemplary pedestrian environment, and that “it should be seen as a precedent-setting plan that reclaims city streets from being treated as highways and reimagines them as functional and engaging public realm amenities.”

SvN led the landscape and urban design for Six Points Interchange. Other team members include HDR Corporation, Moon Matz Ltd, LGL Ltd, and Multiview Archeoworks.

Construction began in March of this year and is expected to be complete in 2020. Located in Etobicoke Centre, the new Six Points Interchange will reconnect communities on either side of Kipling as well as create better connections to Kipling Station, which is being expanded into a regional transit hub over the next two years.

Key features of the transformation include:

  • The freeing up of 1.75 acres of land for parks and 15.5 acres for mixed-use development
  • Public boulevards on all streets, including patio space and public art
  • 526 new trees of various species with a distinct character planned for each of the new streets
  • 2,300 m of completely separated bike lanes
  • Thousands of native, drought-tolerant decorative plantings
  • 51 new street benches and 55 new planters
  • 144 new bike rings
  • Catch basin and stormwater filtration system for boulevards
  • Special pavement markings to ensure that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can co-exist safely
  • Relocation of utilities to be underground

The Etobicoke Guardian’s article on the project and win can be read here.

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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.