FROM INSIDE THE TRANSPARENT LOBBY of Fly Condos in Toronto’s
Waterfront District, three massive, glittering, green glass columns beckon passersby like visitors to the Emerald City. The concept for the columns came from
interior design firm Studio Munge and was fabricated by Eventscape, a Toronto-based custom architectural fabrication firm. Each 33-foot-tall structural column
is covered with 40 unique, angular, mirrored glass panels that reflect and play
off all of the light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The installation is meant to reconnect people with nature in an abstract
way, says Studio Munge’s Creative Director Maxime Bocken. “We wanted that
experience for the residents, but also for the many pedestrians who walk past
the lobby day and night.” A flock of folded metal cranes hanging from the ceiling adds to the effect.
Like each of Eventscape’s installations, this one presented unique challenges—
something the company views as an opportunity. “We don’t say no to things if
the budget is tight and there’s a challenging timeline; we figure out a way to do
it,” explains Operations Manager Dirk Hartmann. He used SOLIDWORKS software to model the columns and provide a basis for the structural engineering, as
well as to develop all technical details and finalize the design and appearance.
The first challenge was to make sure the load of the installations would be tied to
the columns and transferred to the floor (each giant glass shard weighs between
1. Abstract structural columns
at Fly Condos, fabricated from
angular green glass panels,
reconnect people with nature.