The original design for Nathan Phillips Square podium in Toronto,Canada is from Finnish Architect Viljo Revell as a public ceremonial space made accessible by a giant sculptural ramp.This space proved to be a grim, paved void, remaining closed to the public for over a decade. Today, this heritage site is the largest publicly accessible green roof garden in Canada. It serves as the flagship green roof project for the City of Toronto, and has been recognized as a leading example of the city’s award-winning Green Roof By-Law.
The project fulfils the original potential of Revell’s design by creating a place for gathering, ceremony, and where one can admire the towers’ fine architectural detail. This lush metropolitan haven has now become a site for intimacy, lingering and strolling, large-scale art installations, and wedding chapel gatherings.
Inspired by Paul Klee’s Polyphony (1932), the garden features a complex mosaic of 23 sedum species inter-planted with 42 species of grasses and perennials—the colours progressing from brighter yellows and oranges in the SW to deeper reds and purples in the NE reflecting orientation and shade conditions./source /Architect – PLANT