Swimming in the Forest

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    Exterior render view of the building on site.
    Exterior view
    Wayne Yan
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    rendered site section
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    rendered exterior view
    Exterior view
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    Exterior render view from the pool.
    Exterior view
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Wayne Yan
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There is a story about the Toronto Islands:
It is said that the Anishinaabe peoples called it, “a place of trees sticking out of the water”. Here, the city is obscured from view, only dimly visible as shadowy silhouettes behind the boughs of “willows, acacias, and poplars”. The realities of the changing seasons, the rising water levels, are palpable.
The project is a marker - a horizontal 1.5M above the height of the existing shoreline. This platform encloses the pools - creating a new island within the island. So what would it be like to swim in this place? As one approaches the floating deck - meandering by boat during the high waters - or ascending gently over the ground during the winter - the garden reveals itself layer by layer. Pools of increasing depths surround a grove of trees - which encloses the reflection pool at the center. There - perennially - is the place of trees sticking out of the water.