PFS Studio created the winning scheme ‘Win, Place, Show’ for an international design competition to restore and transform the long-neglected former Central Canadian Exhibition site into a new park and civic heart in Ottawa, Ontario. The scheme envisioned a seamless integration between Lansdowne Park, Bank Street , the lands along Queen Elizabeth Drive and the adjacent UNESCO World Heritage designated Rideau Canal.
The park features a Great Lawn, an urban square for the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, a series of grand allees, plazas, intimate greens, civic gardens, orchards, a children’s play zone, a water plaza, and two significant public art works by Jill Anholt. The Aberdeen Pavilion remains the great ‘tent’ at the centre of the park for indoor programming, and adaptive reuse of the Horticulture Building includes a teaching kitchen and community hall. All spaces have been considered as flexible venues for everyday enjoyment as well as for year-round special events programs, returning the park to its rich continuum of exhibition, display, and recreation.
International Making Cities Liveable (IMCL), Merit Award of Excellence, 2018
IOC / IPC / IAKS Architecture Prize, IOC / IAKS Silver Medal, (International Olympic Committee / International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities), 2017
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), Jury’s Award of Excellence + National Award, 2016
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), National Urban Design Awards, Certificate of Merit: Civic Design Projects, 2016
Ottawa Urban Design Awards, Award of Excellence – Visions & Master Plans, 2015
World Architecture News (WAN) Awards, Long List 2013
Photos by Johany Jutras, City of Ottawa, Haewon Chun and Brett Ryan.