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Landscape Design + Build
LANDSCAPE DESIGN + BUILD
Modern Landscape Design Toronto, Outstanding small garden in Toronto, Roof Terrace Condominium plans
bsq. Design Architect believe that good landscape design and experienced construction management can do much to maximize the potential of a space while creating beautiful, elegant gardens and green spaces
Located in North York region, Bathurst Manor is a sub-urban enclave that uniquely features mid-century style homes built in the 50s and 60s. While being a walkable neighbourhood, it is also accessible to other major parts of the city simply by hopping on the subway line at Shepherd West Station.
The area is bounded by Finch Ave. West to the north, Dufferin St. to the west, Don River to the east, and Shephard Ave. West to the south.
The Sunnylea area of northeast Etobicoke is a highly sought after area for young families looking to settle down away from the core of the city.
While the busy Bloor St W bounds the north side of Sunnylea, there is also access to greenery with the Humber Marshes running down the east and the Mimico Creek meandering through the neighbourhood. This area possesses a calm, older neighbourhood charm with its mature trees.
Leslieville is a lower-middle class neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada east of the Don River bounded by the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard Street to the north, Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to south, and Coxwell Avenue to the east.
Lawrence Park is one of Toronto’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods. Centered on Mount Pleasant Road, the neighbourhood grew slowly with medium-sized houses on narrow but deep lots.
The neighborhood is located in a setting that includes gently rolling hills, several parks, and a ravine.
Contemporary Backyard Design with Horizontal Cedar Wood Fencing
Contemporary Backyard Lounge Design
Modern Cantilevered Wood Deck with Cable Railing
Contemporary Asphalt Driveway and Front Yard Design
Contemporary Shade Garden Design
Contemporary Planting Bed
Paver Walkway and Ornamental Planting Beds
Etobicoke is a former municipality within the western part of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. First settled by European immigrants in the 1790s, the municipality grew into city status in the 20th century.
A gabion basket style water feature makes nature and the outdoors the focal point of this living room
Forest Hill is an affluent neighbourhood in central Toronto, characterized by large lots and shady avenues. Building codes in the early 20th century required each home to be designed by an architect and have a street tree, leaving a legacy of striking homes.
New pool with integrated spa and matching Cabanas
Matching custom pool cabanas
Zero edge pool spa
Negative edge pool spa
Adding piers to the steps creates a more formal and defined entrance
Bedford Park began as a farming hamlet north of Toronto. The hamlet was a popular stopover for farmers making their way to market in the city. The neighbourhood was likely named after the Bedford Park Hotel, which opened in 1873 at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue, just north of Lawrence Avenue.
Modular garden path
Elegant and modern space
Riverdale is a large neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is bounded by the Don River Valley to the west, Danforth Avenue and Greektown to the north, Jones Avenue and Leslieville to the east, and Lake Shore Boulevard to the south.
Riverdale is a great mix of the old and new, pre and post war homes with varied topographies, large leafy greenspaces and great mature trees.
Entirely new front yard!
New stone walls and walkway.
Open step treads and balcony
Recycling bins concealed
New rear deck
Modern water weir
Front of Riverdale garden before
Before photograph of a very uninspired landscape!
Horizontal wood fence
Horizontal wood privacy fencing
Rear yard needs a lot of help and organization
Davisville Village is an area of Toronto near the intersection of Davisville Avenue and Yonge Street. There is a subway station named Davisville at this intersection. The area directly abuts Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and has a large number of massive apartment and condominium complexes built between the 1970s and the 2000s, as well as a number of office buildings. The area is an attractive area in Midtown Toronto between St Clair and Eglinton.
5 year later confirms the right planting for the space and has a beautiful presence on this street
Cobblestones make an impression
Elegant garbage and recycling storage shed in Toronto
3-D rendering as part of the landcsape design phase
Open arbor and terrace
Light filled privacy screen to hide driveway
This waterfall feature is incorporated into the deck of this small terrace
Traditional boundaries of the Annex neighborhood are north to Dupont Street, south to Bloor Street, west to Bathurst Street and east to Avenue Road.The City of Toronto recognizes a broader neighbourhood definition that includes the adjacent Seaton Village and Yorkville areas. Bordering the University of Toronto, the Annex has long been a student quarter and is also home to many fraternity houses and members of the university's faculty.
Garden design for a downtown boutique condo
Custom Cedar Deck and Screen
Balance between Open and Private space
Small rear yard needs work
Garage facade needs a facelift!
In a small space, every inch will count!
3-D renderings can quickly explore possibilities
Open Cedar deck and steps
Horizontal Cedar fence ties into new Garage facade.
Removable table creates flexible space.
Modern feel from horizontal Cedar fencing.
Roncesvalles is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada centred around Roncesvalles Avenue, a north-south street leading from the intersection of King and Queen Streets to the south, north to Dundas Street West, a distance of roughly 1.5 kilometres. It is located east of High Park, north of Lake Ontario, in the Parkdale-High Park provincial and federal ridings and the municipal Ward 14.
Custom concerete bench and patio
Making the most out of a small space
We've made the most out this small backyard but using slender ornamental trees, tall grasses and perennials that provide a gorgeous garden in proportion to the width of the space, allowing a comfortable seating area for lounging and sunbathing.
Looking east bound at the house.
By using permeable gravel by the trees and end of patio, we keep all surface water on site, and create positive drainage.
View from the house at the existing garage.
Looking east at the house, Before b sq.
Teddington Park is a small and exclusive residential district in Toronto. Take a walk through the neighbourhood on a nice day to enjoy the beautiful properties, with mature trees lining the streets and leading to Georgian and Tudor style homes.
While located just along the major Yonge Street corridor, it is also bounded by the Rosedale Golf Club and the Riverview Drive Ravine, making it a peaceful and quiet neighbourhood that is also in the heart of Toronto’s activity.
Using false lawn and building the swing set into the existing shed created a low-maintenance modern play space.
Wrap around stairs, modern pergola and built in benches.
One of Toronto’s oldest and most prestigious neighbourhoods, Rosedale is located just north of Downtown Toronto. However, the expansive lots and surrounding ravines and parkland give it a quiet and secluded air. The name ‘Rosedale’ was given to the neighbourhood by the Jarvis Family, who settled in the area in the 1820s, and were inspired by the profusion of wild roses on their property. Most of the Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, and Edwardian style mansions in Rosedale were built between 1860 and 1930, and are listed as heritage properties.
A greenroof updates a traditional brick garage.
Thornhill is a suburban neighbourhood on the northern border of Toronto, split between the cities of Vaughan and Markham. The East Don River runs through Thornhill, which was once a mill town. The original village of Thornhill was located on Yonge Street between Center Street and John Street, and still contains many historic homes. Today Thornhill is characterized by detached single-family homes.
Once a rural hamlet north of the city, York Mills was absorbed into Toronto, and today is one of the city’s most quickly densifying neighbourhoods. The large residential lots make it a popular area for people looking to rebuild older postwar homes, and the many schools make it a good family area. Though York Mills is thoroughly urbanized, it also contains an extensive network of ravines and trails.
A simple beautiful walkway full of greenery and colour
New entry way works with Architectural redesign.
Original entrace left much to be desired!
Sense of entry is created!
The Yorkville area is an often-visited space in Toronto, with its wide range of things to do. Officially a part of the Annex, Yorkville is found in the area between Bloor St, Davenport Rd, Younge St and Avenue Rd.
The area is known as a distination for its access to entertainment, offices, restaurants and bars, and high end shoppping. However, there are also beautiful residential areas that can still show its historical side through Victorian architecture and streets that are still paved in old cobble-stone.
A town within the municipality of York, Newmarket is a 45 minute transit ride from north of Toronto. It is located between highways 400 and 404, with the nearest town being Aurora to its south.
Through its evolution as a farming area, industrial centre and market town, it is now mainly a cozy residential bedroom town. Important landmarks of Newmarket include the Upper Canada Mall, Fairly Lake Conservation Area.
Richmond Hill (2011 population 185,541) is a town located in Southern Ontario, Canada in the central portion of York Region, Ontario. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area, being located about halfway between Toronto and Lake Simcoe. It is bounded by Bloomington Rd. (Aurora town limit) to the north, York Regional Road 7 (Vaughan city limit west of Yonge St., Markham city limit east of Yonge St.) to the south, Bathurst St.
Before the new beautiful water feature and stone retaining wall
After our design intervention
Milton is a town in Southern Ontario, Canada, and part of the Halton Region in the Greater Toronto Area. The town received a significant amount of attention after the 2006 census indicated that Milton was the fastest growing municipality in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, with a 71.4% increase in population between 2001 and 2006. In early 2012, the town's planner estimated Milton's population to be between 94,000 and 95,000.
The beginning of our garden portrays the ruins of two stone walls, one built on top of the other.
These walls are symbolic of the barriers to peace that we have constructed endlessly in the same fashion, again and again. Over time these obstacles to peace and reconciliation will fall away but it will always be important to remember that they were once there. The paving and the plants surrounding the stone walls are arranged in a structured, formal fashion where colour and free forms are subdued and restrained reminiscent of a war memorial or a military cemetery.
From the ruined walls, a multitude of thick, brown pieces of twine lead to a human-scale wire globe which they encircle and tangle around before disappearing into the pond below. These “strings” symbolize our common histories and struggles, divisions, animosities and fears that we have woven within our cultures throughout the ages. It is these common threads of suspicion, persecution and conflict that entwine our histories together in such a challenging and difficult fashion all over the globe.
These pieces of twine re-emerge on the other side of the globe and combine together to form the seating surface of a long, curving cantilevered bench. This seating element is to symbolize that we can take our histories, our past differences and come together to create a place of peace and openness no matter how tangled and intricate our histories have been.
A long wooden deck will wind its way alongside all of these elements and as we move away from the ruins of our past the planting within the garden is allowed to become more vibrant, whimsical and colourful. The spirit of the garden becomes playful and hopeful. It becomes a place to explore and a place in which to dream and to leave the fixed path of history.
Featured within the life sized globe are individual messages of peace from children from an inner City and suburban school in Toronto whose backgrounds are made up of many different nations and races. Our greatest resource throughout time has always been our children, through them, we can transcend our past.
It is possible to create a world of beauty, openness, equality and belonging and it can happen in our lifetime.
Our project site in Nagasaki Japan
Work begins in September 2010
Project elements taking shape
Completed project in Japan
International garden designers and b sq. Design in Japan
With our Japanese implementation partner
We won the Gold Medal!
Project remains months later!
Press conference in Japan
Japanese Press in Tokyo
World Cup of Gardening in Nagasaki Japan 2014
Bsq landscape architects is honoured to have participated in the Gardening World Cup twice, in 2010 and 2014. The 2014 entry, “Home” won a silver medal and a best lighting award.
This design got a silver medal for best lighting.
3D Model Night Rendering
Singapore Garden Festival 2010
Singapore Garden Festival 2012
is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude
regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in
the high altitude atmosphere . In northern latitudes, the effect is known as
borealis (or the northern lights),
named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north
wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621.
Canada’s northern territories are
made up of ruggedly beautiful landscapes that can easily appear stark and
inhospitable to visitors unfamiliar with the area. Survival in these lands
depends on an intricate understanding and appreciation of the challenges of
this region and limited opportunities that are available. Now our northern lands are changing faster
than can be believed due to the effects of climate change. The Inuit people of
Canada used to sustain themselves completely on their own in the north by
relying on ancient knowledge and wisdom passed down from generation to
generation. Most of these Inuit elders are now gone and the Inuit as a people
are now changing as quickly as the lands they inhabit.
Our garden pays homage to the traditional
skills and artistry of the Inuit culture.
A few generations past an Igloo or snowhouse
was the best use of locally available materials to create a warm, wind
proof shelter for a nomadic people. Now the Inuit live in modern homes in
permanent communities and Igloos are no longer used as houses. By recreating
the strength and structural simplicity of the Igloo in a modern form we want to
demonstrate how old traditions and ways of life can still be of use in the
north. Traditional Inuit artists have
now developed new techniques and skills as printmakers and sculptors and their
work is coveted and shipped around the globe.
Ancient communication techniques such as stone Inukshuks are now widely
recognizable as an important part of this traditional culture and way of life.
The plants in our garden were chosen to represent the windswept trees and the hardy
evergreens and perennials of the north that struggle for survival in a
A changing climate brings new
realities and opportunities to the north. Year round shipping lanes, thinning
sea ice, advancing treelines and growth in mining and resource extraction will
all challenge and shape the Artic and its people in drastic ways. Open water
now presents new possibilities for the north and also means permanent loss of
traditional lifestyles. Canada’s Inuit peoples are fighting hard to preserve
their unique language, art and way of life while meeting the challenges of a changing
climate and a modern world. It is important to recognize how valuable and
fragile our northern region truly is and how this area and its peoples are
unlike any place else on earth.
Canada Blooms 2009
Canada Blooms 2012
In 2012, bsq Landscape Architects have come up with an innovative way of using a commonly found item - namely shipping pallets. These pallets are often tossed aside as junk, instead of breathing new life into them, providing them with a new purpose.
For the 2012 Canada Blooms Garden Show in Toronto, Canada, bsq Landscape Architects presented the Pallet Garden, made of 109 standard industrial shipping pallets. The Pallet Garden was an interpretation of a small urban garden that can be established almost anywhere, as a private residential garden, a community park and even a unique relaxing patio garden by the beach. It is a lush green initiative and inspiration using a mass of colorful perennials and threes and a vegetable garden grown both horizontally and vertically across the wooden pallets. It is a creation that is clean, accessible and inviting and that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all.
50 percent of the pallets were new and the others were from site projects. Afterwards, they all ended up being used for moving material from the installation as well as for a restaurant in downtown Toronto.
This project was published in the 2017 book, Pallets 3.0: Remodeled, Reused, Recycled Architecture + Design by Chris van Uffelen.