Toronto-based PLANT Architect just unveiled two weathered steel pavilions that provide shelter for bird watchers at the spectacular East Point Park Bird Sanctuary. The shape of the new structures is evocative of flight, and they are laser-cut with intricate patterns that reference sunlight filtering through tree branches.
The architects designed the Bird Blind pavilions in order to enhance the East Point bird-watching experience. A network of rehabilitated trails lead to and from the pavilions, which act as a shelter, gathering space, and vantage point for Lake Ontario and pond views.
Laser-cut patterns on the side sheet mimic bird flocks, with the names of species that frequent this migratory flyover-stopover site. Precast and cast-in-place concrete, galvanized grating and weathered steel accentuate the rough natural qualities of the site and ensure durability and minimal environmental impact of the structures on their surroundings.
Photos by Steven Evans/PLANT Architect Inc.