Toronto’s Distillery District Christmas Market lived up to yet another successful year filled with traditional winter festivities, delicious treats, and holiday cheer. From November 20th to December 20th, visitors from both near and afar came to partake in a wide range of activities and sightseeing opportunities in the historic district. At night, the market transformed into a festival of lights where one could enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel to catch a glimpse from a birds eye view, or savour a hot mulled wine by the fire.
When developers in big cities begin new projects—whether repairing old buildings or creating new ones—their initial focus in preparing the site seems to revolve around due diligence. Have the neighbours been notified? Will activity remain within noise and traffic by-laws? And always, has the construction site been physically separated safely from the public realm?
The barriers between construction sites and the sidewalk are typically crafted out of simple boards, scaffolding or plywood. There is nothing particularly attractive about these dividers. Often they will be plastered with posters, and in cases where developers have gone to greater effort, the temporary walls may display images and slogans to market the condos that are being built. These dividers do nothing to add to the passerby’s experience, and if anything, detract from simply walking down the street.
Here in Toronto, one developer has taken a very different approach in separating a new condo construction site from pedestrians. This group is developing an old industrial site that had once been a distillery. Section by section they have refurbished old buildings along cobblestone streets and created new spaces for shops and artisans. Instead of slapping up simple barriers around a new condo site, the developers have built a unique, attractive wall as a hoarding.