Toronto Unveils the Futuristic Farmers Market

June 9, 2010

Toronto has revealed the future of farmer’s market by by unveiling this futuristic design proposed by Adamson Associates Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This industrial design was the winner of the competition held to replace the St. Lawrence Market North in Toronto. By an unanimous decision by the judges, the winner of the competition will bring a more modern approach to the historic district without disrupting the visual appeal of older buildings {according to Inhabitat}.

Included in the new, winning design is a four-story structure that allows market shoppers to view life and activities on Front Street, Jarvis Street and on Market Lane Park from within its glass atrium, effectively creating an open indoor market that resembles a fresh, outdoor setting. Shoppers will also be able to see the South Market from inside the building and appreciate a dramatic view of St. Lawrence Hall to the north, creating a strong visual connection with all three buildings of the complex.

Although this modern and futuristic building will be an improvement over “a one story concrete shed of a market that was a perfect embodiment of Toronto at the time: cheap, expedient and ugly.” via Treehugger; I am not completely sold on the idea of farmer’s market and concrete building being the perfect marriage. I guess I am a traditionalist in the sense I expect a farmer’s market being in an outdoor area with tents, prime example being Farmer’s Market in Union Square in New York City. However, it is to be a mixed used building, so being multi-purpose; this futuristic farmers market does serve its function.

As for its sustainable aspects {via Inhabitat}:

  • The market will be built according to Toronto Green Standard and will include natural daylighting and ventilation as well as an energy-efficient HVAC system.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system will significantly reduce the energy demands of the large market.
  • The roof, which includes skylights for daylight, is also covered in vegetation to help reduce solar heat gain and collect rainwater.

Image Credit: City of Toronto


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Susie Kim-Carberry

Susie Kim-Carberry is a professional writer who's been featured in numerous publications, both in print and online. She started as a features writer for The Bayonet Newspaper in 1997 and studied print journalism at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Media. Kim-Carberry is currently focusing on online media as a freelance writer, content producer and also serves as a site editor for Important Media. A self-confessed travel addict, her other equally important job is being a semi-crunchy mom to her two daughters. She tries to maintain a balanced life through her yoga practice and secretly dreams of being a Parisian one day.
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