Designed in collaboration with artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, the SFC Bridge is an extension of Toronto’s PATH system, a privately developed network of public spaces. It connects the new Southcore Financial Center development to the Metro Toronto Convention Center. It presented us with an opportunity to frame an interface between the parallel urban spaces of the interior PATH network and the street-level city.
We saw a second opportunity in the bridge’s form. Due to site circumstances, the bridge takes a 120 degree turn and has a 5 % slope. Its spans are achieved with a truss. This collection of unruly diagonals was mandated in the project brief and we saw potential in their non-orthogonality.
Two bands of dark aluminum panels wrap the bridge, binding it together and framing views in an out. The bridge’s formal language speaks to the role it plays binding the site’s fragmented pedestrian realm.
In the interior, we sought to engage the fundamental nature of the bridge: a space people move through, structured by exposed trusses. Thinking of movement, perception and diagonal geometry led us to study dazzle camoflage from WW1. The mural, which wraps the walls and ceiling of the interior, plays with the non-orthogonality of the space to reorient its occupants by distorting their perceptions and challenging the confines of its tube-like shape.