Toronto’s Port Land district is getting a new bridge, and there have been 5 designs shortlisted from a batch of 13. Waterfront Toronto will narrow down their decision hopefully this fall, with the bridge expected to be finished in 2026. All designs are environmentally friendly, sustainably designed, and connect architecture with the Indigenous roots of the country. Here are the 5 designs that will eventually be the new bridge.
1. Maamawi Bridge
The Indigenous term meaning ‘connect’ and the design is built on Indigenous principles such as celebrating culture and preparing something for the next generation. Community is a focal aspect of this initiative and will create opportunities for public art and connection
Inspired by Anishnaabe, “all my relations,” the proposed bridge has another gorgeous design with an emphasis on integrating nature. The bridge would be developed by lead firm EXP in partnership with Indigenous co-designers. Plants will line the entire bridge and at either one there’s a medicinal-wheel inspired fire pit and a green wall for migrating birds.
3. The Salmon Run
An ‘S’ shaped bridge meant to evoke the Salmon migration is the idea behind this proposed bridge from the lead firm Henning Larsen that goes from cityside to park side. Floating landscapes will be on the cityside to restore biodiversity to the waterfront with an arch and suspension cables.
4. The Harbour Eye
An oculus is the centerpiece of this proposed bridge from lead firm RJC Engineers. The hole offers a glimpse to the biodiversity below and fish-friendly blob lights will help to light up the river during the evenings and bathe it in a green light. There will also be a stepped plaza where pedestrians can sit and enjoy the landscapes.
5. The Equinox Bridge
One of the tallest designs made with an intricate structure, the Equinox Bridge from lead firm Zeidler Architecture. The concept design would be an S deck and a beautiful arch. During the summer and winter solstice, the sunset will align exactly with the arch.