Guelph Market Square

As part of the revitalization of the city’s historical downtown core, Guelph Market Square was designed to adapt to a variety of uses throughout the year. The central water feature is used for wading on hot summer days and can be drained for events such as markets and concerts. In the winter months, it becomes a skating rink. The square exerts an influence beyond its own visual boundaries, uniting City Hall and the retail area into a single, dynamic plaza. This transformation has helped to revitalize the surrounding business area. Updated façades and recessed sidewalks now allow businesses to spill past their own walls and establish a vibrant new street life.

Size: 1 hectare

City of Guelph
Guelph, Canada
Design Team

Janet Rosenberg & Studio

RDH Architects (Pavilion Architecture)


2015 Americas Property Award, Commercial Landscape Cateogry

2014 RAIC National Urban Design Awards, Certificate of Merit, Civic Design 

2014 The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) Provincial Award, Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award

2013 CSLA Award of Excellence, Regional Honour

Photography Credit: Jeff McNeill, Kim Lawrence (City of Guelph)