Modern peaceful harmony arrives at Sherway Gardens Centre Court Sherway Gardens is one of Toronto’s premier shopping destinations owned by the Cadillac Fairview Corporation. It was named “Sherway Gardens” after the mall's construction (1973) because of its lush gardens strategically located throughout the mall. Move forward some 41 years later and the mall is undergoing a $350 million dollar revitalization to attract new best in class retailers and enhance the overall shopping experience that their discerning shopper’s expect. Ambius was approached by Sherway Gardens to propose design ideas to revitalize seven gardens including Centre Court (the very centre of the mall with four large existing planter beds).
Ambius Toronto and Yuko Frazier collaborated with the Sherway Gardens to create a design that utilized the existing pits and create a new design that is both modern, eye-catching, functional and ultimately unlike anything you would see at the other shopping malls. Ambius put forth an extremely unique proposal that was a BIG deviation from their history (using all live plants) and had a mixture of replica and live plants that would provide them the functionality to remove pieces (the replica) and substitute for retailers merchandise, art shows and actually create a new revenue stream. The design created an inviting space with a flair that draws people into the space to discuss a future purchase, get a little rest and a coffee, or provide the little shoppers a place to burn off some energy.