SmartCentres Place is rising next to Toronto in the City of Vaughan. This new urban centre with a master plan and multiple projects designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects is being built to provide a transit-friendly, pedestrian-oriented urban community with a 9-acre park at its core.
Located at the new terminus of the Toronto Transit Commission’s University subway line extension to open in December, 2017, SmartCentres Place will also be serviced by a York Region transportation terminal and the Viva bus network.
The first commercial building, the award-winning KPMG Tower, is already open. The inter-regional transit hub is under construction. And a mixed-use facility to include a 100,000-square-foot YMCA, library, community centre and offices designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, breaks ground in June 2017.
The first residential project for SmartCentres Place is Transit City. In this 4-minute video, Donald Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, developers Mitch Goldhar, Founder, SmartCentres, Shamez Vironi, President, and Andrew Hoffman, CEO, of Centrecourt Developments, and landscape architect Claude Cormier describe the vision, design and amenities the condominium will provide to complement this new urban centre.
The City of Vaughan projects Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, of which SmartCentres Place is at the heart of this urban development, will house 25,000 people and create 11,000 jobs, making this the largest urban development underway in North America.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto. Informed by urbanism, driven by design, the firm’s extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, residential and commercial buildings, research and academic facilities. Current projects include the design for David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City; the restoration of Ottawa’s heritage Government Conference Centre to include the interim home of the Canadian Senate; the transformation of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; and the new campus for Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.