Watch How Eventscape Fabricated Three-Story Origami Columns

These aren't your average columns.

The first thing you notice when walking into the Fly Condos building in Toronto are the larger-than-life columns that dominate the lobby. Part-art installation, part-structure, the towering 33-foot-tall columns support the triple-height space with much flair. They are cladded with back-painted reflective glass that shimmers like the surface of a diamond. The overall effect is dramatic, with the columns radiating light that is reflected off the white, ‘sterile’ lobby environment.

“We really took an out-of-the-box approach with regards to the columns in the Fly Lobby, and designed them be these truly vibrant, modern sculptures supporting the clean, open architecture of the lobby,” says Alessandro Munge, Partner at Munge Leung, the designers of the space. “It was important for the columns to be dynamic both in the daytime and at night, which is when the magic really happens.”

A flock of sculptural cranes are suspended from the ceiling, a nod to traditional Japanese origami paper art from which the columns take their folded geometries. The lobby’s color scheme carries through to these suspended cranes, which feature brass and green glass underlay accents.

The columns were custom engineered by architectural fabrication company Eventscape, a difficult task given the architects’ complex design. “The main challenge on this project was engineering the glass facets to be attached at various angles while maintaining a consistent reveal. This was achieved by creating a four-layer process of fabrication using a combination of steel and wood as the substructure,” explains Darrin Schneider, project director. The video above gives a better indication of what that process looked like. 

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