Strachan Gate - Daytime
This launch image - from November 2015 - sets the stage for all the possibilities of the impressively large & open space under the Gardiner.
Strachan Gate - Evening
Creating a mezzanine level that links directly from Strachan Ave. down to the main path system and “rooms”, Strachan Gate becomes a hub for gathering within The Bentway.
Skating Trail, 2015
To create a truly multi-seasonal experience for public space in Toronto, we envision a trail that can be converted to a skating loop during winter months.
Skating Trail, 2017
With light installations, event programming & food vendors invited to engage with the space under the Gardiner, The Bentway Skating Trail promises to become a winter destination in its own right.
Skating Trail Extension
While the current skating trail loops under the Gardiner Expressway itself, there is the possibility in the future to see a longer connective multi-seasonal trail that links into the nearby Fort York paths.
Strachan Gate Summer Festival
The Strachan Gate bleacher and nearby sloped ‘green amphitheater’ on the hill provide an ideal setting for music, theater & other performances.
Bridge over Fort York Blvd.
One of the major challenges in creating a continuous linked trail under the Gardiner Expressway is the crossing at Fort York Blvd, a major, busy street that transects the underside of the Gardiner. A suspended bridge would help to close this gap safely & efficiently.
Bentway Elevation (winter)
This section clarifies the different atmospheres within the project as you progress from Strachan Gate & Fort York Visitor Center towards the city center.
Bentway Bridge Elevation
The proposed bridge becomes a major design element that defines the space & carries pedestrians and cyclists safely across Fort York Blvd without interrupting the flow of traffic.
An early vision plan delineates The Bentway into distinct sections that transverse the historic shoreline, a nod to the geographic context of the site.