September 17, 2008
The HtO Park project is included in a+t's book THE PUBLIC CHANCE. New Urban Landscapes. The HtO park owes its name to a play on words using the chemical formula for water: H2O becomes HtO to highlight its importance as the connector between the city and its lake. It is one of the first interventions on the lakeshore, in order to take back the shores of Lake Ontario.
The space is exclusively for pedestrian use. A network of winding paths between the islands of vegetation are added to the perimetral routes that allow direct access to the water and existing buildings.
On the two platforms that make up the park, wavy islands are placed and planted with grass and disperse trees. Each green island is a hill that rises slightly about the general elevation of the park.
In this project published in THE PUBLIC CHANCE. New Urban Landscapes, the green islands that occupy the inside of the platforms work as fields to rest, sunbathe, stay under the shade of the trees, contemplate the area or picnic. Facing the water, there is a sand beach with bright yellow parasols that make the park recognisable throughout the city. On each of the platforms, there are two buildings that have been kept: to the east, a fire station and to the west a block of flats. Brought on by the appeal of the renovated waterfront are highly noticeable.
Published in a+t's book THE PUBLIC CHANCE. Nuevos Paisajes Urbanos. Page 222.
Photos made by Pablo Mozas, available under request.