The beaches of Toronto along lake Ontario are a little under-loved during the winter months. The competition called for proposals of temporary structures to transform the scaffold life guard stations dotted along the coast into sculptures, gathering spaces, etc.The theme of ‘freeze/thaw’ challenged entrants to produce structures which responded to the physical changes and cycles in the environment from February to April.
We suggested a crumpled origami maple leaf wrapping around the station, built of individual scaffold triangular units wrapped in layers of chicken wire mesh. Each panel could be constructed flat, and hinged with universal scaffold clamps, and forming a stable structure tied back to the station at the corners. The mesh panels would gather snow and ice, shielding the scaffold station concealed amongst it. At the end of the installation the structure could be almost entirely recycled with the scaffold components reused in conventional structure, and only some damage to the chicken wire mesh.
Adi / Phil / Dan