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Transforming a Waterfront Site into a Mixed-Media Hub

Pinewood Toronto Studios Plan
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“The new studios are a critical step in the development of the Film Studio District and will serve as a creative anchor to an emerging mixed-use waterfront neighborhood. This plan will revitalize some of Toronto’s most desirable lands and allow people to live, work and thrive in the same community.”

Alfredo Romano
Director, Pinewood Toronto Studios

Pinewood Toronto Studios will catalyze investment by transforming an area of Toronto’s eastern waterfront into a cultural hub for film, TV and digital media.

The multimedia studio will feature almost 400,000 square feet of modern, purpose-built production facilities for film and television. The site is located in the Port Lands, an area the city has targeted for revitalization.

HOK created an “Evolution Plan,” a short- and long-term blueprint for developing this 33 acres of land within the 140-acre Film Studio District. The plan is based on four pillars of sustainability: social (transit-supportive live/work neighborhood), cultural (mixed media/creative-based), environmental (integrated conservation approach) and economic (post-industrial employment hub on a brownfield site).

Carefully blended mid-rise, point tower and innovative live/film building formats expertly wrap the secured film and television studios. The design enhances the public realm by celebrating the site’s waterfront location and introducing “film shooting streets” as well as a network of plazas and open spaces.

The plan includes upgrades and improvements to film and TV studios, flexible spaces for media and innovation, and complementary uses such as culture, retail, hotel and residential.


33 acres / 13.6 hectares


Master Planning
Urban Design