CCC: Data visualization in the built form

Interior view of the scrim

Over the next several weeks new pieces of the exterior ‘scrim’ will be installed on the Experiential Learning Centre at 115 McCaul St, a project that’s part of the Creative City Campus (CCC).

The main goal of this architectural element is to transform an otherwise utilitarian-looking building into a memorable piece of civic architecture that helps connect the OCAD U campus corridor, but it has a functional purpose as well. It will provide shade to building occupants from the intense sunshine that hits the west face of the building.

Bortolotto scrim data

One of several data visualizations that were used to create the imagery on the scrim. Image courtesy of Bortolotto.

At first glance this metal ‘drapery’ might seem like a randomized pattern of perforations. But there’s significantly more to it. Project architect Tania Bortolotto combined and layered a series of data visualizations mapping Toronto’s art, design and cultural institutions, public art installations and artist communities to achieve the abstracted patterns and imagery you see.

As we watch the progress of its installation onto the Experiential Learning Centre, enjoy the slow reveal of the scrim’s beautiful — and meaningful — visuals.

Recent lift to install pieces of the scrim

Recent lift to install pieces of the scrim

Watch the myOCADU portal for ongoing updates regarding specific dates of installation, which do have an impact on the main entrance for brief periods to facilitate the crane lifts. Read more about this, and other, Creative City Campus projects.