Architecture

Vivarium

Exibition space embedded in Light Rail Transit Station
Eglinton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario


In partnership with Lauren Marshall

Professor: Pina Petricone
MArch 2 Comprehensive Studio
Winter 2016, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Traveling via public transportation through the city offers an exploration of unique neighbourhoods and landscapes. However, the most dramatic city experience on public transportation involves the dynamic relationship between the above and below ground environments. This project, Vivarium, seeks to offer an above ground expression of below ground activity through the exposition of activity traditionally hidden below ground.

The project frames an existing park and mediates between a busy commercial road and a quiet residential area by providing passageways at ground level. Two large atria act as urban lanterns that enclose deep excavations. One reveals the crossing of two train lines while the other serves as a mixing chamber for transit users and visitors to the exhibition space.

Copyright Genevieve DF Simms 2018