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Oculus – Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO)

South Humber Park, Etobicoke | Architectural Conservancy of Ontario | 2019

You might have seen it as you biked, ran, walked, or rolled along the Humber River Trail just north of the lake and wondered what is that? No, it’s not a long-forgotten spaceship. It’s actually the Oculus, built in 1959 and now an under-used park pavilion.

The Oculus revitalization project will showcase how innovative design solutions and community partnerships can conserve heritage in an environmentally sustainable way while also creating a unique and vibrant place for people. By restoring and cleaning the existing pavilion and implementing flexible and contextual outdoor furniture and lighting, this project aims to elevate the Oculus to its rightful spot as a community gathering place along the trail. 

Led by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and Giaimo Architects, this initiative will include public design workshops and programming such as walks, talks, and installations that help transform the Oculus.

“The Oculus is a bold and eccentric piece of modernist architecture, but over time it has deteriorated and is now underutilized as a park pavilion. The Public Space Incubator grant provides us the opportunity to give new life to this abandoned space-age structure and showcase how architectural heritage conservation and community partnerships can create engaging public spaces.” — Stephanie Mah, VP of ACO Toronto. 

Credit picture: Stephanie Mah.

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