Spadina WaveDeck Receives Certificate of Merit in 2010 National Urban Design Awards

This time around, the unique structure received a Certificate of Merit during the 2010 National Urban Design Awards. Sponsored by the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the awards aim to promote public and private awareness of urban design.

The WaveDeck was recognized in the Civic Design category for its role in maintaining and enhancing quality of life in Toronto. The first wavedeck built along the waterfront, the Spadina Wavedeck was designed by West 8 and du Toit Allsopp Hillier and is inspired by the Canadian cottage experience and the shorelines of Ontario’s great lakes.

“It is a tremendous honour to be recognized on a national level for our commitment to creating outstanding public spaces,” said Waterfront Toronto’s president and CEO John Campbell, in a release. “Like everything we build on the waterfront, the Spadina WaveDeck reminds us that public spaces can be both beautiful and functional.”

The Spadina WaveDeck has also been recognized with a Toronto Urban Design Award, a National Merit Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and was the first Canadian project short listed for a prestigious Brit Insurance Design Award.