The Toronto Transit Commission’s Victoria Park Bus Terminal Replacement, Station Modernization and Transit Plaza, for which Brown+Storey Architects were the urban designers, has been recognized with an Award of Excellence for Public Buildings at the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards.
The project, completed in 2011, replaced a forbidding set of elevated bus bays with a more welcoming perimeter bus terminal located at grade, and used this replacement to facilitate a series of other improvements to station accessibility, environmental quality and connections to its surrounding neighbourhoods. Victoria Park station was opened up to natural light, to views to the surrounding ravine landscape, and to safe, comfortable pedestrian access for the first time.
The awards jury had the following to say about this much-needed project:
“Until recently, Victoria Park subway station and bus terminal suffered from a variety of ills, none as glaring as how user-unfriendly it was to its customers. Now, the station should be held up as an example of how the TTC should modernize its transit hubs. Among the improvements are an attractive streetscape at the main entrance, added windows to provide more natural light, widened pedestrian pathways, new public art and more pedestrian connections to the station.”
The Toronto Urban Design Awards, announced at a gala on September 11, 2013, honour projects that demonstrate urban design and architectural excellence through a relationship to the public realm, pedestrian amenity, detailing and massing, the natural environment and sustainable design. This is Brown+Storey’s third TUDA Award of Excellence, having previously been recognized in 2011 for our work on the West Toronto Railpath and in 1997 for the St. George Street Revitalization.
B+SA congratulates the Toronto Transit Commission and the entire design team, including SGA/IBI Architects and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, on this honour.