Covered bridge provides all-weather connection between Toronto hotel and convention centre

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This enclosed bridge with a geometric black and white facade connects a hotel to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, helping visitors pass between the two even in the depths of winter.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

Toronto-based artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins collaborated with New York-based architect James Khamsi to design the structure, which spans a busy roadway and railway line.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

Located in Toronto's Southcore Financial Centre, the bridge is covered in black and white aluminium panels that create a geometric pattern across the facade.

It is fully enclosed to shelter pedestrians from the extreme weather conditions experienced during winter in Toronto.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

The overpass is called the FSC Skybridge after the district. It is part of a pedestrian walkway network known as PATH – a vast system of predominantly underground tunnels in the city's downtown that help residents to get around when the temperature drops. PATH is also the world's largest underground shopping complex.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

From outside, triangular windows made from panels of glazing outlined in black allow glimpses of the people moving through the bridge. Inside, they offer views out to the city and the traffic moving below.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

A graphic interior mural of white grey and black triangles and trapezoids is a "contemporary spin on disruptive camouflage," according to the design team.



"The digitally designed, hand-painted mural extends across the interior walls and ceiling, echoing the trapezoids, diagonals, and triangles in the bridge's structure to produce a dynamic, multi-perspectival experience," the designers add.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

The bridge bends 120 degrees and rises over the roadway to connect to an existing structure at the convention centre.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

The span is supported by a single column that is covered in the same dark panels used on the facade.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

Khamsi is the founder of FIRM ad, an architecture, interiors, and urban design studio he started in 2010.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

He has previously collaborated with Marman and Borins on a proposal for a park and public art project also in Toronto.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

The artists, who always work together, create large-scale paintings, sculpture, installations, and public art.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

Pedestrian bridges offer architects the opportunity to experiment with more expressive designs, like this span in Iceland with red triangular framing or this slender footbridge in London by Moxon Architects.

FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi
Exploded diagram – click for larger image
FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi
Pattern diagram – click for larger image
FSC bridge in Toronto by Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi
Floor plan – click for larger image
  • Colonel Pancake

    Obnoxious thing is obnoxious.

  • Christopher Hoyt

    In an era when we’re focussing on the street level pedestrian experience and making our cities more ‘liveable’, is another elevated pedestrian path something to celebrate?

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      There’s no way to make that rail underpass more liveable or more pedestrian-friendly, so yes, let’s celebrate this.

      • Getting pedestrians through infrastructure ‘spaghetti’ is fine and all. Don’t get me wrong, kind of highlights the need to prioritise pedestrians in the initial planning of major projects though, don’t you think?