The Shops at Don Mills
Client: Cadillac Fairview
With: Giannone Petricone Associates, WZMH Architects
Completion: Spring 2017
The Shops at Don Mills is one of the first developments of its kind in Canada. As a revitalization and reimagining of the historic 40-acre retail and business plaza in Canada’s first planned garden community, this project stands as a best-in-class model for future projects of similar size and stature. The majority of site parking is located outside the shopping zones on the site’s periphery.
As Landscape Architects for the master planning process and design implementation, QUINN re-interpreted the outdoor Urban Village planning approach for the northern climate. The central Town Square includes a major water feature, clock tower, and public art by Douglas Coupland. The surrounding internal roads have generous sidewalks, large trees, seasonal planting and pedestrian-scaled lighting.
In 2015 our firm was re-engaged by Cadillac Fairview for a revitalization of the streetscapes and planting to address the evolving character and needs of the site and its tenants. Working with our client and Giannone Petricone Associates, we developed new ideas for amenity areas, seating, planting, and pedestrian circulation. We also provided renewed planting for the main entrance off Don Mills Road.