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High expectations for a lower-level redesign

This foodie destination is set to satisfy


One of North America’s Oldest Markets

Since 1880, St. Lawrence Market has been beloved by its city and one of Toronto’s top tourist destinations. While the upper floor of the market benefits from an abundance of natural light and generous shop sizes, the lower level needed some love. It was not purpose built and lacks the same energy, light and flow as its more popular upstairs neighbour.

An Improved Experience

The proposed lower level design solutions include expanded sidewalks to create a pedestrian friendly Market Street, additional entrance points to improve flow, visual and tactile floor patterns for easier wayfinding, spaces for programming including a showcase kitchen. The redesign will open the lower-level and improve its relationship with the street, flooding the space with light, providing transparency and visibility into the lower level, and creating ample opportunities for increased interactions between visitors and vendors.

Heritage Aspects

Special attention has been paid to the heritage aspect of the building, joining the old with the new, as well as use of daylight and indoor environmental quality to create a space where people want to be, both inside and out.

Project facts

Client: City of Toronto
Size: 53280 sq ft | 4950 sq m
DIALOG Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Planning and Design, Mechanical Electrical and Structural Engineering
Collaborators: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd., Heritage Consultant; Coriolis Consulting Corp., Retail / Market Consultant; Elizabeth Baird, Food Advisor; Lightemotion, Illumination Specialist; BTY Group, Cost Consulting