Nathan Phillips Square getting $42M facelift

Nathan Phillips Square getting $42M facelift

(Image: Neilta, from the Toronto Life Flickr pool) 

Despite its recognizable arches, iconic skating rink and distinctive curved buildings (as seen in Resident Evil: Apocalypse before it’s blown up), the concrete jungle known as Nathan Phillips Square needs updating. According to the Sun, the square will undergo a $42.7-million reno starting this Friday that will include a permanent stage, a two-level restaurant and some much needed greenery in the form of a green roof and 200 trees. The design is by local firms Plant Architect and Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners, who won the job in a 2007 competition. (Full sketches of the striking new look are available here.)

The city is aiming for a late 2012 completion date (we’re not sure if a city worker strike was considered in this estimate), but with the square poised to look modern and lively, what will be the setting of future post-apocalyptic zombie movies? We have one idea.

Facelift for ‘shabby’ Nathan Phillips [Toronto Sun]