FOLLIES, is the emergency exit buildings for a new transit line in Toronto, Canada designed by Paul Raff Studio. Each building successfully integrates life safety requirements within a strategy that also addresses issues of human scale, context, and beauty.
+ Architect’s statement by Paul Raff Studio
Emergency exit buildings are required for public safety from underground facilities, in this case a new mass transit line. Although they are highly visible along city streets in many neighbourhoods, they are typically no more than utilitarian concrete boxes. By contrast, the design of this series of emergency exit buildings makes a strong positive contribution to the city. Each building successfully integrates life safety requirements within a strategy that also addresses issues of human scale, context, and beauty.
Their exteriors are composed of coloured multi-layered glass that displays subtle artistic depth to passersby. The glass is designed to be strong enough to withstand a hammer blow. Each one is uniquely designed to reflect its context, in this case the vertical golden grasses and wildflowers.
+ Project credits / data
Location: Greater Toronto Area, Canada
Status: In Progress
Architect: IBI Group Architects
Design Team: Paul Raff Studio (Paul Raff, Scott Barker, Tom Knezic, Farid Noufaily, Samantha Scroggie, Gary Siu, Sean Solowski, Jane Son, Ladan Sharifpour, and Alice Wong) | http://www.paulraffstudio.com