Overview

Part of NAK’s work in the revitalization of Regent Park was One Cole, a mixed-use tower community consisting of over 250 residential units along with a full-size grocery store and other retail. At the centre of the development is the Sky Park, a 0.5 acre urban park on the roof of the ground-floor commercial building. The park is an important new open space for the neighbourhood featuring an open lawn for play, accessible pathways, contemplative garden areas, a community patio with cooking facilities, and a terrace with community garden beds overlooking the park. The park’s design uses intensive green roof technology to support 40 full-size shade trees and a wide variety of shrub and perennial plantings. Xeriscape principles and an extensive bio-filtration system were used to maximize available rainwater for irrigation.

Awards

2012 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Intensive Residential Green Roof Award

2012 Architecture Canada / CIP / CSLA, National Urban Design Merit Award

2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards, Award of Excellence

2010 BILD Awards, Places to Grow Community of the Year

2010 City of Toronto Green Design Award

Location

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Results

Rooftop park brings valuable green space to high-density neighbourhood