Centre for Native Child and Family Well-Being

Bringing nature to a very urban rooftop

Client Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Spiritual kinship with the land inspired this rooftop tribute to indigenous culture. Log seating surrounds a circular fire pit, a ceremonial sweat lodge sits in one corner and a bubbling fountain masks the sound of urban traffic below. A Sacred Medicine Garden grows cedars, sage, sweet grass and tobacco, and a Three Sisters Garden yields corn, beans and squash.

Around the perimeter, native Ontario plant species like prairie wildflowers, grasses, sumac, serviceberry, colourful sedums, bittersweet and wild grape vines create a natural screen. Safe, recycled rubber surfaces provide a soft play area for children while boulders, climbing mounds and natural wood seating add interest. Elders to infants can gather, interact and enjoy this sanctuary in the heart of the city.

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  • Toronto Urban Design Award, 2013
  • Design Exchange Award, 2010

Toronto, Canada
4,500 sq m
Opened 2010


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Project Team

Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd. (Lead), FORREC Ltd.

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