Newmarket selected PLANT’s multi-disciplinary team to develop a master plan for transforming the former estate – the house and gardens of Sir William Mulock – into a new Central Park for Newmarket. After more than 3,000 area residents took part in consultations, PLANT proposed three concepts for redesigning the more than six hectares surrounding the manor hous, and a strategy for the house adaptive reuse. The Town chose one hybridized, nature-focused scheme preserving the iconic woods, gardens and lawns of the property. In a growing part of the town soon to have mid-to-high-rise residential development nearby, the plan anticipates the intensive demand for many different types of recreational experiences now and in the future. The site plan envisions multiple destinations or episodes between the natural areas, including an entry bridge with iconic artwork over a constructed wetland and riverine water feature along the Yonge Street edge; Indigenous and Diversity Gardens; a looping skate trail through the woods; a skate pond/wet plaza; a conservatory; and a natural playground. Trails linking these zones will encourage people to explore different parts of the site on each visit. For a tour of project see the video by PROCESS.

Site Tour Plan
Site Tour Plan
Bridge entry and engineered wetland
Bridge entry and engineered wetland
Bridge entry and engineered wetland – night
Bridge entry and engineered wetland – night
Riverine Fountain
Riverine Fountain
Skate Trail in the woods
Skate Trail in the woods
Ice Pond, Wet Plaza and Skate Pavilion
Ice Pond, Wet Plaza and Skate Pavilion
Mulock House and Great Lawn
Mulock House and Great Lawn

Constructed in multiple phases between the 1870s and the 1940s, the manor house contains intact heritage features such as fireplaces and the main stair and wonderfully proportioned rooms and a wrap around porch. Our house study determined that the sizes and proportions of the manor house’s rooms and the relationships between these spaces make it ideal space for a cafe and events, with gallery, artist studios or innovation offices upstairs. This flexibility allows a range of possile uses over time.

The Conservatory and Diversity Gardens
The Conservatory and Diversity Gardens
Historic Garden, The Green and Artist Studio
Historic Garden, The Green and Artist Studio
Playground - the TREE
Playground - the TREE

In addition to the renovation and adaptive reuse of the manor house and the transformation of the grounds, the plan for the property includes three outbuildings that are conceived as modern, rustic garden pavilions: A conservatory that adaptively reuses the existing garage and stable; a pavilion for the skate trail and skating rink/splash pad; and an artist-in-residence studio.
For a tour of project see the video by PROCESS.

Conservatory Axonometric
Skate Pavilion Elevation
Skate Pavilion Elevation
Skate Pavilion axonometric
Artist Studio west and east elevations
Artist Studio west and east elevations
Artist studio axonometric

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Garden
  4. Airdrie Road Residence
  5. Albany Avenue Residence
  6. Alexandra Park
  7. Aporia Records
  8. Asphalt Poetry
  9. – Poem
  10. Baby Point Gardens
  11. Beach Garden
  12. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  13. Beaty Residence
  14. Bennington Heights Garden
  15. Berkeley Street Residence
  16. Bin-Scarth Garden
  17. Blink and you miss it.
  18. – Poem
  19. Bloor St. Apartment
  20. Blue Note
  21. Booth Avenue Residence
  22. Boustrophedon Garden
  23. Braemore Gardens Residence
  24. Browning Avenue Residence
  25. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  26. Camp Arowhon Offices
  27. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  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. Leslie Slip Lookout Park
  69. Liberty Village Parkettes
  70. Liza’s Garden
  71. Lynwood Garden
  72. Macroscape
  73. Markham Garden One
  74. Markham Street Residence Two
  75. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  76. Mulock Park
  77. Nathan Phillips Square
  78. – Streetscape
  79. – Peace Garden
  80. – Podium Roof Garden
  81. Orchard View Garden
  82. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  83. Owl Cottage
  84. Paperstone Scissors
  85. Peripheral Sitings
  86. Pottery Road Crossing
  87. rare
  88. Ravine Forecourt
  89. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  90. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  91. Roxborough Garden One
  92. Roxborough Garden Two
  93. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  94. Ryerson University Science Building
  95. Schulich School of Business
  96. Sheridan College
  97. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  98. Spadina Quay Wetland
  99. St. Anne's Road Garden
  100. Stratford Market Square Competition
  101. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  102. Superkids Dental
  103. Superlegible
  104. Sweet Farm
  105. Sweet Farm Pond House
  106. Swift Medical Offices
  107. The Meadows Reconsidered
  108. The Red Sash
  109. Thick & Thin
  110. Tipping Point
  111. Tranby Garden
  112. Tree House Residence
  113. UBC Okanagan – The Commons
  114. UHN Tunnels
  115. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  116. Venice Biennale 2012
  117. Vermont Square Park
  118. Vernon Avenue Garden
  119. Walk the Walk
  120. Walmer Road Residence
  121. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  122. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  123. Wells Street Residence
  124. Westminster Residence
  125. With Words as Their Actions
  126. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  127. Woven Stories
  128. York Park