Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Type: Competition | Size: N/A | Year: 2014
Excerpt from the competition brief: “Although the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto is a summer long festival of colour and pageantry, this is not true of the winter months. Located on the beach between the Leuty Lifeguard Station and the Balmy Beach Club are five evenly spaced metal life guard stands. These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature or foundation for pieces of public art. We have chosen a theme of Warmth this year. Competitors are asked to create installations anchored to the lifeguard stands which can add among other things, colour, movement and humour to the landscape“.
Our design, suitable for any of the 5 lifeguard stations, is a folly of intrigue and mystery encouraging the public to climb the lifeguard stand and ‘rediscover’ their position between land and lake. Through deconstructing the toy periscopes of our childhood, we’ve designed a voyeurscope that captures the surroundings in an unexpected and novel way. By arranging periscopic mirrors at varying heights and orientations, voyeurscope collects individual ‘snapshots’ of the context and presents them as a single, panoramic viewing experience. Simultaneously, through the curious condition created by reverse reflections, the ‘viewer’ is also put on display. This mediated reality connects the viewer/viewed to the immediate and distant contexts of Toronto.
voyeurscope conveys warmth through its playful use of orange tinted mirrors and perforated snow-fence. Its porosity addresses wind loads, CPTED issues and allows us to retain the safety signage on the lifeguard stand. The skin wraps an infrastructure of scaffolding providing a sheltered view over the treetops towards the city or out to the lake, perhaps catching a glimpse of the infamous lake monster Kingstie!