Spadina WaveDeck | Toronto, ON | West8
I’ve always found the work of West8 fascinating, though I’ve barely visited a handful of their works in person. Founded in 1987 by the Dutch architect Adriaan Geuze, this landscape architecture and urban planning firm has since been credited for “redefining” the discipline by their own contemporary and urban terms.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve never been to Europe that I’ve romanticized Dutch design, but for me, Dutch design and landscape architecture have become synonymous with high-end design: successful, creative, whimsical yet practical, and wonderfully thought-provoking. After all, the Netherlands is known for many design greats: Rem Koolhaas, one of the world’s most influential architects; cycling-integrated cities; and that large expanse of protected green space, known as the “Green Heart,” which undoubtedly shaped modern Dutch land design and planning.
So it was a surprise that Spadina Wavedeck, despite it’s many awards and role as an important symbol for Toronto’s waterfront revitalization, was a bit underwhelming.
more: Landscape Voice: Spadina WaveDeck