Lost Archive

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    Longitudinal section through the space.
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    Plan view of the archive.
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    Detail section of the acoustic strategies in the archive.
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    Rendered view of the collective space called the “Listening Well”
    Interior view of the listening well
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The Lost Archive is where you go to find the forgotten.

Designed in choreography with the old Crawford Street Bridge; a bridge that was buried intact along with the river it used to span. The Garrison Creek holds rich significance in the making of the City of Toronto. In a global urbanization phenomenon, small creeks and rivers were buried around the world to allow “room” for growth. These pieces of history, their stories, and their remains are forgotten in the process.

The Archive houses a collection of sounds of the past that we may have forgotten and overlooked. They are artifacts of their time period, a piece of what can never be attained again. It is a place of pause, to remember what came before us that shapes the way we are.