T.K. Justin Ng is a designer based in Toronto exploring the changing role of architecture and the future of cities through research, design and drawing.

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Common Ground, 2017

Common Ground

Location

Toronto, Canada

Team

T.K. Justin Ng

Year

2017

GFA

Status

Idea, Academic

Awards + Press

3A Outstanding Design Award

FORREC Design Award of Excellence

Common Ground imagines a new form of mixed-use development where very different programs are tied together through an activated central spine. This central spine acts as a core that is freed to become far more than mere circulation, redefining Mies’ idea of a consolidated core as a centerpiece. Conceived as a ramp, the spine extends the plinth where the core no longer resists the continuous plane of the city, but rather inhales public activity.

By housing most of the circulatory and mechanical needs, the ramp allows the key programs to express their unique characteristics, yet at the same time, instigating encounters and exchange of ideas between users.

On the northwest of the site, the spine extends all the way to Bloor and the rail corridor. The spine also continues underground to become parking for those who will be driving to the building. Four glazed vertical circulation tubes break the rigidity of the ramp to allow for a wider range of experiences possible.

Common Ground, 2017
Common Ground, 2017
Common Ground, 2017
Common Ground, 2017

Common Ground imagines a new form of mixed-use development where very different programs are tied together through an activated central spine. This central spine acts as a core that is freed to become far more than mere circulation, redefining Mies’ idea of a consolidated core as a centerpiece. 

Common Ground, 2017
Common Ground, 2017
Common Ground, 2017
Common Ground, 2017