03/16/2015 05:51 EDT | Updated 05/16/2015 05:59 EDT

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal design competition begins

More than a million visitors flow through the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal each year on their way to or from the Toronto Islands. But it's now more than 40 years since the terminal was built, leaving the space overdue for a makeover. 

This week five design teams are presenting for public input their proposals to remake the space. All five plans are available for viewing here on Waterfront Toronto's website, but they can also be seen in person in the City Hall rotunda until Friday.

The goal of the design competition is to create a unifying and inspiring master plan for the terminal and its surrounding area that can be phased in over time.

Here's a quick look at the five designs:

Name: Cloud Park

Details: Click here

Design team: Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston) + nARCHITECTS (New York City) + ZAS Architects (Toronto)

Key feature: A star-shaped terminal building with a ceiling that allows natural light to filter in.

Name: Jack Layton City Terminal Park

Details: Click here

Design team: Clement Blanchet Architecture (Paris) + Batlle i Roig (Barcelona) + RVTR (Toronto and Ann Arbor) + Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Toronto)

Key feature: A raised walkway into the terminal that will connect the site with the bottom of Bay Street. 

Name: Civic Canopy

Details: Click here.

Design team: Diller Scofidio+Renfro (New York City) + architectsAlliance (Toronto) + Hood Design (Emeryville, CA)

Key feature: An eye-catching open-air roof that resembles a wave.

Name: Harbour Landing

Details: Click here.

Design team: KPMB Architects (Toronto), West 8 (Rotterdam), Greenberg Consultants (Toronto)

Key feature: Terminal building would be located under an undulating natural roof covered with grass. 

Name: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park

Details: Click here

Design Team: Quadrangle Architects (Toronto), aLLDesign (London), Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Toronto)

Key feature: In addition to a large terminal building overlooking the ferry slips, this design calls for an elevated pathway across the site.