Plans unveiled for Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge

Plans for WilkinsonEyre’s new pedestrian bridge across Queen Street, Toronto were unveiled today by the client Cadillac Fairview. The new bridge is designed to integrate Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre with the Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue flagship downtown locations.

Construction is due to begin this month, where prior to installation the bridge will be assembled adjacent to the shopping centre on James Street and lifted into place. The bridge is due to open to the public in September this year.  

Director Dominic Bettison said: “We designed the bridge’s form to connect together the two inherent geometries of each building, transforming from the historical, circular arches of the Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue building to the modern rectangular geometry of Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre. This union of the two buildings is further reinforced by the use of bronze and glass cladding, inspired by the materials used on both buildings, which flow, wave-like in opposite directions across the bridge. This meeting and blending of the two building’s form and materials becomes a beautiful and metaphorical ‘handshake’ extending out over Queen Street.”