Fundy Gateway Master Plan
Lower Truro, Nova Scotia
Photo Credit: UPLAND, and RHAD Architects
Research by: Nicole Brekelmans
Edited by: Samantha Miller
Case study compiled in 2019
Project: Fundy Gateway Master Plan
Type of Urban Strategy: Water
Type of Project: Tourism Interpretive Centre
Location: Lower Truro, Nova Scotia / Bay of Fundy
Date Designed/Planned: 2015
Construction Completed: 2019 and ongoing
Designer: UPLAND and RHAD Architects
The Fundy Gateway Master Plan has unique opportunities and design challenges due to its location on the Bay of Fundy, a highly dynamic coastal environment which contains the highest tides on earth. The overall goal of the Gateway Master Plan is to highlight the features of the Bay of Fundy to increase the economic and tourism potential of the site. However, while designing for a tourism hub, water plays a large role in the design and the interactions with space, through recreation, visuals, accessibility, and flooding.
The implementation of pedestrian and cycling access points through trails and bridges provides more connections throughout the space while highlighting active transportation opportunities. Viewing platforms and designing with elevations in mind, provide the site and its visitors with multiple areas to view the Bay of Fundy and the Tidal Bore. Boating and walking tours also provide visitors with further information and experiences within the bay and its unique ecological and historical features. The Flooding is combated through the use of different elevations on the site, as well as dikes and levees. Each design element provides further connection of the site to its water and the coastal phenomenon.
(UPLAND, & RHAD Architects, n.d, Vol.1)