A pastoral gateway to Lake Ontario from Queen Street, the Kew Gardens streetscape marks an important transition between retail frontages and the park’s bucolic landscape. The aim of this project is to transform the streetscape and park north edge into a space that promotes public use, improves pedestrian safety, strengthens view corridors, ensures flexible programming for community events, and evokes and enhances the unique character of historic Kew Gardens and the surrounding Beach neighbourhood. The park landscape has been “extended” northwards to meet the street with a plaza, “dune,” extensive seating and floral displays, lighting, a small amphitheatre that faces the park, and new intimate seating and larger ceremony spaces around the cenotaph monument. The new vital public spaces are shaded by preserved and new trees, and framed by a large water jet-cut floral screen bearing Kew founder Joseph Williams’s description of the park: “A place of innocent amusement.”

New expanded streetscape (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
New expanded streetscape
The new path weaves between new perennial and seasonal gardens (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The new path weaves between new community planting gardens
The view to the Victorian bandshell is preserved beyond (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The view to the Victorian bandshell is preserved beyond
The screens' transparency allows views to the trees (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The screens’ transparency allows views to the trees
The vining shadows (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The vining shadows
Screen detail (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
Screen detail
The screen from the side at night (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
At night, the screen is light to the street and dark to the park
At night the screen appears solid (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
At night the screen appears solid
The new seating areas behind the cenotaph preserve existing trees (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The new seating areas behind the cenotaph
The new belvedere behind the cenotaph (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The new belvedere behind the cenotaph
New entry sign at the expanded cenotaph plaza area (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
New entry sign at the expanded cenotaph plaza area
Halloween at Kew (photo: The Beach Village BIA)
Halloween at Kew · Photo: The Beach Village BIA
Pumpkin display (photo: The Beach Village BIA)
Pumpkin display · Photo: The Beach Village BIA

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Garden
  4. Airdrie Road Residence
  5. Albany Avenue Residence
  6. Aporia Records
  7. Asphalt Poetry
  8. – Poem
  9. Baby Point Gardens
  10. Beach Garden
  11. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  12. Beaty Residence
  13. Bennington Heights Garden
  14. Berkeley Street Residence
  15. Bin-Scarth Garden
  16. Blink and you miss it.
  17. – Poem
  18. Bloor St. Apartment
  19. Blue Note
  20. Booth Avenue Residence
  21. Boustrophedon Garden
  22. Braemore Gardens Residence
  23. Browning Avenue Residence
  24. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  25. Camp Arowhon Offices
  26. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  27. Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBCO
  28. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  29. Chocolate Loft
  30. City Instrument
  31. Clarendon Garden
  32. Conversation Piece
  33. Creemore Farm
  34. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  35. Dickson Park Garden
  36. Dilworth Residence
  37. Don Landing Revitalization
  38. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  39. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  40. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  41. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  42. Eglinton Ave Forecourt
  43. Eglinton Park Master Plan
  44. Elizabeth Fry Society
  45. Ellsworth Residence
  46. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  47. First Avenue Garden
  48. First Avenue Residence
  49. Flyover Canada
  50. Foote’s Pond Wood
  51. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  52. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  53. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  54. Gormley Garden
  55. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  56. Greener P
  57. Greer Road Garden
  58. Greer Road Residence
  59. Guelph Bridge
  60. Head in the Clouds
  61. Helena Ave Residence 4
  62. Junction Craft Brewery
  63. Kelpies Competition
  64. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  65. Kipling & Islington Developments
  66. Le jardin du repos
  67. Lenticular Curtain
  68. Liberty Village Parkettes
  69. Liza’s Garden
  70. Lynwood Garden
  71. Macroscape
  72. Markham Garden One
  73. Markham Street Residence Two
  74. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  75. Mulock Park
  76. Nathan Phillips Square
  77. – Streetscape
  78. – Peace Garden
  79. – Podium Roof Garden
  80. Orchard View Garden
  81. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  82. Owl Cottage
  83. Paperstone Scissors
  84. Peripheral Sitings
  85. Pottery Road Crossing
  86. rare
  87. Ravine Forecourt
  88. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  89. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  90. Roxborough Garden One
  91. Roxborough Garden Two
  92. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  93. Schulich School of Business
  94. Sheridan College
  95. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  96. Spadina Quay Wetland
  97. St. Anne's Road Garden
  98. Stratford Market Square Competition
  99. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  100. Superkids Dental
  101. Superlegible
  102. Sweet Farm
  103. Sweet Farm Pond House
  104. Swift Medical Offices
  105. The Meadows Reconsidered
  106. The Red Sash
  107. Thick & Thin
  108. Tipping Point
  109. Tranby Garden
  110. Tree House Residence
  111. UHN Tunnels
  112. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  113. Venice Biennale 2012
  114. Vermont Square Park
  115. Vernon Avenue Garden
  116. Walk the Walk
  117. Walmer Road Residence
  118. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  119. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  120. Wells Street Residence
  121. Westminster Residence
  122. With Words as Their Actions
  123. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  124. Woven Stories
  125. York Park