Canada Malting Silos ambient lighting demonstration
As part of plans to revitalize the Canada Malting property with new and exciting landscaped public open spaces, the City of Toronto is exploring the design and installation of ambient architectural lighting around the base of the southern Canada Malting silo in order to accentuate this nearly 100-year old, historically designated landmark on our waterfront.
The south silo has been illuminated in the past as part of lighting features installed at Ireland Park (see image provided by the Canada Ireland Foundation). Similar to other designated and landmark buildings in Toronto (for example, the Park Hyatt hotel and Royal Ontario Museum), the up-lighting design intent at the Canada Malting silos is to introduce LED fixtures around the base of the south silo in order to create a soft, ambient lighting effect with which to highlight the silo's curved architectural features.
Consistent with bird-friendly design guidelines, these lighting fixtures will be set to automatically switch off each evening at 11 p.m.
This on-site demonstration serves two important functions:
The test will allow our project team to explore optimal lighting fixture placements, colour schemes, and luminosity, to ensure the desired ambient lighting effect can be achieved.
Invited project stakeholders, including local residents, Ireland Park and Billy Bishop airport representatives, and others, will be able to provide real-time feedback on the test, to help ensure the lighting design avoids conflicts or concerns with local conditions and interests. We are especially interested in and would greatly appreciate receiving feedback and photos from Bathurst Quay residents observing the test from inside their homes.
The demonstration was held Wednesday, September 29 at 8 p.m. for about an hour. Images from the demonstration below.