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. Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBCO
  29. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  30. Chocolate Loft
  31. City Instrument
  32. Clarendon Garden
  33. Conversation Piece
  34. Creemore Farm
  35. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  36. Dickson Park Garden
  37. Dilworth Residence
  38. Don Landing Revitalization
  39. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  40. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  41. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  42. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  43. Eglinton Ave Forecourt
  44. Eglinton Park Master Plan
  45. Elizabeth Fry Society
  46. Ellsworth Residence
  47. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  48. First Avenue Garden
  49. First Avenue Residence
  50. Flyover Canada
  51. Foote’s Pond Wood
  52. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  53. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  54. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  55. Gormley Garden
  56. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  57. Greener P
  58. Greer Road Garden
  59. Greer Road Residence
  60. Guelph Bridge
  61. Head in the Clouds
  62. Helena Ave Residence 4
  63. Junction Craft Brewery
  64. Kelpies Competition
  65. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  66. Kipling & Islington Developments
  67. Le jardin du repos
  68. Lenticular Curtain
  69. Leslie Slip Lookout Park
  70. Liberty Village Parkettes
  71. Liza’s Garden
  72. Lynwood Garden
  73. Macroscape
  74. Markham Garden One
  75. Markham Street Residence Two
  76. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  77. Mulock Park
  78. Nathan Phillips Square
  79. – Streetscape
  80. – Peace Garden
  81. – Podium Roof Garden
  82. Orchard View Garden
  83. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  84. Owl Cottage
  85. Paperstone Scissors
  86. Peripheral Sitings
  87. Pottery Road Crossing
  88. rare
  89. Ravine Forecourt
  90. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  91. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  92. Roxborough Garden One
  93. Roxborough Garden Two
  94. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  95. Ryerson University Science Building
  96. Schulich School of Business
  97. Sheridan College
  98. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  99. Spadina Quay Wetland
  100. St. Anne's Road Garden
  101. Stratford Market Square Competition
  102. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  103. Superkids Dental
  104. Superlegible
  105. Sweet Farm
  106. Sweet Farm Pond House
  107. Swift Medical Offices
  108. The Meadows Reconsidered
  109. The Red Sash
  110. Thick & Thin
  111. Tipping Point
  112. Tranby Garden
  113. Tree House Residence
  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