Metabolism

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    View of the building exterior from a kayak
    A Kayakers View
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    View of the building exterior from a bicycle
    A Biker’s Approach
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    View of the building from ice skating onlookers
    A Skaters Perspective
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    View of the building from a birds eye view
    A Bird’s Eye View
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Graphic representation of wind patterns in the fall
    Site Energies: Fall
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Site plan depicting sun patterns during fall equinox
    Site Plan: Fall Equinox
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Ground floor plan
    Floor Plan: Ground
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Four rendered elevations each depicting a different season
    Seasonal Elevations
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Colour coded sectional perspective drawing depicting the buildings different components
    Thermal + Energetic Section: West
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Colour coded sectional perspective drawing depicting the buildings different components
    Thermal + Energetic Section: East
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Exploded axonometric Drawing depicting the buildings assembly
    Panelization: Enclosure Assemblies
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Rendered detail section depicting the residence and studio
    Enclosure Detail: Residence + Studio
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Rendered detail section depicting the sauna
    Enclosure Detail: Sauna
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Render of the central plaza in the fall
    Render of the central plaza in the fall
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Render of the central plaza in the winter
    Central Plaza: Winter
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Render of the central plaza on a summer night
    Café Terrace: Summer
    Christina Vogiatzis
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    Render of the central plaza on a summer day
    Café Terrace: Summer
    Christina Vogiatzis
Author(s)
Christina Vogiatzis
Project Date

Located at the water’s edge of Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, Metabolism is a mixed-use, timber-framed building designed for evolution and adaptation. Inspired by the elegant composition of a tree, its form is composed of a core arm which bridges land and lake, with a dynamic structural grid system overlaid atop. The panelized glulam superstructure acts as a catalyst of architectural flexibility, designed to expand or contract elementally with ease while supporting a range of infill panels that can be configured to frame varying programmatic opportunities, evolving seasonally and throughout time.