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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

East Point Park Bird Sanctuary Pavilions in Toronto, Canada by PLANT Architect Inc.

 
May 10th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PLANT Architect Inc.

The new pavilions at East Point Park Bird Sanctuary use architecture as a means of framing one of Toronto’s most beautiful parks, while enhancing the pleasures of birding for visitors of all ages and levels of experience. Folded into angular shapes evocative of flight, sheets of laser-cut weathering steel form the pavilions for this wooded park on the Scarborough Bluffs, high above Lake Ontario. The materials palette, which also includes precast and cast-in-place concrete and galvanized grating, was chosen for durability and minimal environmental impact. The completed Phase One encompasses the Viewing Pavilion, a Bird Blind, and entry signage.

Facing northwest toward the Viewing Pavilion, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Facing northwest toward the Viewing Pavilion, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

  • Architects: PLANT Architect Inc.
  • Project: East Point Park Bird Sanctuary Pavilions
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Steven Evans Photography
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Client: City of Toronto
  • PLANT Architect Inc. Design Team: Mary Tremain, Lauren Barhydt, Jason van der Burg, Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer, Jeremy McGregor
  • Structural: Blackwell
  • Quantity Surveyor: A.W. Hooker Associates Ltd.
  • General Contractor: Hawkins Contracting Services Inc.
  • Steel Work: Iron Bridge Fabrication Inc.

Facing northeast toward the Viewing Pavilion, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Facing northeast toward the Viewing Pavilion, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

The structures and the new and rehabilitated paths connecting them are part of a citywide initiative to enhance and protect bird habitat and increase birding activity through public education and programming. Framed by interpretive signage and seating, the pavilions provide shelter from the elements, and are vantage points for spectacular views of the lake and an inland pond.

Viewing Pavilion, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Viewing Pavilion, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Detail of laser-cut graphics on Viewing Pavilion , Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Detail of laser-cut graphics on Viewing Pavilion , Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Overlooking the lake to the south and the pond to the north, the Viewing Pavilion is the primary gathering space. Split into inversely symmetrical halves that share a concrete podium, the pavilion was designed and oriented to provide optimal viewing. Laser-cut through the pavilion’s walls are clouds of birds in flight above the names of species that frequent this significant migratory flyway stopover site.

Entry signage, East Point Park Bird Sanctuary, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Entry signage, East Point Park Bird Sanctuary, Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Bird Blind viewed from the south , Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Bird Blind viewed from the south , Image Courtesy © Steven Evans Photography

Laser-cut graphics mimicking the sunlight and shadow patterns of the adjacent poplar grove perforate the Bird Blind. This structure partially encloses visitors, and its openings are at heights that allow children and adults to observe birds on the pond, unobtrusively but at close range. The future Soundscape Pavilion (Phase Two) will be a ‘listening sanctuary’: visitors sitting quietly within this enclosure will be able to savour the sounds of a forest alive with birdsong.

Site Plan/Section, Image Courtesy © PLANT Architect Inc.

Site Plan/Section, Image Courtesy © PLANT Architect Inc.

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Categories: Park, Pavilion, Sanctuary, Vectorworks

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