“Grey to green” as 53-acre Toronto shopping centre is connected to nature

Images courtesy of SvN/BDP Quadrangle
Canadian firm SvN Architects + Planners has been tasked with transforming a 53-acre Ontario shopping centre into a “living city”, complete with 4,500 homes, a 7.5 acre community hub and 860,000 sq ft of retail and commercial space.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust plans to turn the Shoppers World mall in the city of Brampton, Greater Toronto, into a “walkable and transit-oriented destination” with ample community spaces.

A series of courtyards, parks, green roofs and terraces are woven through the landscape.

Brampton park will be linked to the neighbouring City of Mississauga by a transit plaza, linear park and high street.

Shonda Wang, SvN’s principal, said: “The transformation of the Shoppers World site started with the idea that landscape – while seemingly absent today – can become one of the most defining characteristics of a site.

“Architecture – in terms of new styles, façades, materials and building technologies – will change over time. As designers, leading with a landscape framework ensures a consistent vision that can be maintained during the many years of the site’s redevelopment. It’s the common thread that will tie all the pieces of the built environment together.”

The rezoning application for the project has already been approved and the development Is due to be completed in 2040.

Images courtesy of SvN/BDP Quadrangle

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