Shift is working with the City of Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo to create and enhance three new public spaces on Hespeler Road at the Delta intersection. As a busy arterial road that supports transit connections with links across the Region the primary goal of these spaces is to ensure a safe, comfortable, and lively pedestrian experience in support of adjacent existing and future transit.
Site 1 assembles programming elements towards Hespeler Road. A lookout and seating area orients those using the space relative to an informal stone path and garden that recalls the morphology and ecology of the Grand River. A turf lawn to the site’s south allows for open gathering and play, connecting Hespeler Road to the adjacent residential neighborhood.
Sites 2 and 3 are currently pedestrian refuges that function as transit stops. To enhance the pedestrian experience and functionality of the spaces the concept draws from the textile industry that historically existed in Cambridge. Block seating recalls bales of raw material while the shade structure cladding references the knitting together of fabric. Strategically placed plant beds soften the site’s exposure to vehicle traffic.