Sherbourne Common

The conceptual design for the multi-award winning Sherbourne Common, located on the Toronto Waterfront, is built upon the abstraction of the Iconic Canadian lakeshore landscape types: the woods, the water, and the green. These three spatial zones are tied together by a linear stormwater sluice fed by ‘Light Showers’ by Jill Anholt.

As a key component of Toronto’s lakeshore redevelopment and renaissance, this signature park emphasizes inspiring civic space, flexible usage, play and sustainable systems. The design is strongly informed by the need for both a neighbourhood park and a city-wide destination. When first completed in 2011, Sherbourne Common was a set piece in an empty post-industrial landscape waiting for a community to surround it. It is now a successful example of “public before private” – the idea of developing high quality public open space to leverage and accelerate community and market interests. Sherbourne Common is now edged by the new George Brown Waterfront Campus and bracketed by a substantial new residential / mixed use neighbourhood along its entire east side.


Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Selected for Exhibit: Emerging Landscape, 2015

Landscape Architects Network, Top 10 World Landscape Architecture Projects for 2014

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Honour Award, 2013

Toronto Urban Design Award (TUDA), Award of Merit, 2013

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), National Urban Design Award, Special Jury Award: Sustainable Development, 2012

Civic Design Projects, Sustainability Category, 2012

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), National Honour Award for Design, 2012

Ontario Public Works Association, Project of the Year Award, 2012

Canadian Consulting Engineering, Award of Excellence, 2012

Ontario Concrete Awards, Architectural Hardscape Award, 2011

Design Exchange Award, Gold Award for Landscape Architecture, 2011

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Living City Award: Healthy Rivers and Shorelines for the East Bayfront Integrated Stormwater Management System at Sherbourne Common, 2010


Photos by Waterfront Toronto, Frederick Moesker, Aristea Rizakos, and PFS Studio