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Corthouse Square, Toronto, 2021[for complete experiece open full screen version]  

 
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Courthouse Square is a loved and frequently-used public space in the heart of downtown Toronto.  Visited by nearby residents and workers, the square provides the ideal space for gatherings, quiet contemplation, and performances.

In this special case, we hope near the end of Covid19 restrictions, it is totally empty. All the stores and corporate buildings nearby are closed, everybody is working from home [June 2021], even me is here unintentionally walking to the bank to finish some tasks. X on the map bellow is marking a spot of MY STUDIO, it is not even 200m away. Dotted line is marking a next square I am planning to record in the near future. In this situation when we are stuck without possibility to travel, we are perfectly positioned to explore spaces around us.

Access from the King St., photo bellow right, is quite attractive and leads true the little parquet to the main area with the view to the huge urban art, on the wall over the parking lot, with environmental motive.

  It is appropriately named "you even taste expensive" in my opinion referring to the precious value of the climate we should take care of.  

Courthouse Square consists of a garden area enclosed by trellises where the plantings were designed to be historical and educational. 

At the core of the plaza is a black granite stage, used for impromptu performances or casual seating.  The openness of the square also allows for gathering of people and spontaneous interaction as well as space for local events. 

A water feature, usually distracting from the noise created by automobiles is not functional but also not necessary since there is no traffic at all. 

Large granite books atop the stage and incorporated into benches are the work of artist Susan Schelle who wanted to evoke the legal nature of the historic courthouse.

 

  This project revitalized an abandoned heritage site previously used as a parking lot in downtown Toronto, and transformed it into a beloved public park. Courthouse building was built around 1853. It was a third courthouse to serve Toronto and in those days this square was a host for crowds of people attending political gatherings and occasional public hanging.

Today it is housing quite nice Terroni restaurant.

The concept integrates detailed design of the streetscapes, landscaped open space, new public amenities, and a water feature.

The design is also notable for the connections it makes, both physical and symbolic, with the other heritage open sites in the neighbourhood. Winner of a national design competition, the unique design has received numerous awards both locally and internationally.

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