Toronto Eaton Centre, Queen Street Bridge

Canada

WilkinsonEyre and Zeidler were appointed by Cadillac Fairview to replace the Queen Street Bridge - an existing connection between two shopping malls in downtown Toronto. The new dynamic sculptural form will create a civic landmark for the City of Toronto, designed to enhance the experience of the urban realm for both passers-by and for the bridge users within.

The transformational geometry of the bridge form between the two buildings is emphasised by the transition of bronze cladding panels which extend out, wave like, from the Hudson’s Bay Centre, gradually fading away as they near the Eaton Centre and all glass panels which sweep away from the Eaton Centre mixing with the bronze panels as they transition towards the Hudson’s Bay Centre. This meeting of materials becomes a metaphorical ‘handshake’ between the two buildings as they extend across Queen Street.