This Toronto project is part of a citywide initiative to enhance and protect bird habitat and increase birding activity through public education programming. East Point Park is the first of six key sites to be developed and improved over the next several years.

The pavilions at East Point Park Bird Sanctuary use architecture as a means of framing one of Toronto’s most beautiful parks, while enhancing the pleasures of birding. Folded into angular shapes evocative of flight, sheets of weathering steel form the pavilions for this wooded park on the Scarborough Bluffs, high above Lake Ontario. The pavilions are the central gathering place, provide shelter from the elements, and are vantage points for spectacular views of the lake, an inland pond and the birds that inhabit it. Waterjet-cut through the pavilion’s walls are clouds of birds in flight above the names of species that frequent this significant migratory flyway stopover site. The structures’ weathering steel walls and roofs form distinctive profiles against the sky, just as the silhouette of a bird in flight is often enough information for an experienced birder to identify the species. Each of the pavilions has a tiny footprint, but the strategic positioning of these structures within a walking circuit promotes the exploration of a large park which includes the Viewing Pavilion, a Bird Blind, Entry Signage and a future Sound Pavilion.

eastpoint-7325-6 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Entry signage
Approach to the pavilions (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Approach to the pavilions
Each pavilion faces a different view (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Each pavilion faces a different view
Pavilion facing the pond (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Pavilion facing the lake
View of the main pavilion (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The viewing pavilion with the species screen
Overlapping species screens (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Overlapping species screens
View of the bird screen (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Swarming birds
The viewing pavilion at sunset (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The viewing pavilion at sunset
View of the main pavilion (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The viewing pavilion and the pond
The viewing pavilion emerging from the woods (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The viewing pavilion emerging from the woods
The bird blind (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The bird blind
Detail of the bird blind (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Detail of the bird blind
Soundscape pavilion
Soundscape pavilion

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Garden
  4. Airdrie Road Residence
  5. Albany Avenue Residence
  6. Aporia Records
  7. Asphalt Poetry
  8. – Poem
  9. Baby Point Gardens
  10. Beach Garden
  11. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  12. Beaty Residence
  13. Bennington Heights Garden
  14. Berkeley Street Residence
  15. Bin-Scarth Garden
  16. Blink and you miss it.
  17. – Poem
  18. Bloor St. Apartment
  19. Blue Note
  20. Booth Avenue Residence
  21. Boustrophedon Garden
  22. Braemore Gardens Residence
  23. Browning Avenue Residence
  24. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  25. Camp Arowhon Offices
  26. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  27. Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBCO
  28. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  29. Chocolate Loft
  30. City Instrument
  31. Clarendon Garden
  32. Conversation Piece
  33. Creemore Farm
  34. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  35. Dickson Park Garden
  36. Dilworth Residence
  37. Don Landing Revitalization
  38. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  39. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  40. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  41. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  42. Eglinton Ave Forecourt
  43. Eglinton Park Master Plan
  44. Elizabeth Fry Society
  45. Ellsworth Residence
  46. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  47. First Avenue Garden
  48. First Avenue Residence
  49. Flyover Canada
  50. Foote’s Pond Wood
  51. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  52. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  53. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  54. Gormley Garden
  55. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  56. Greener P
  57. Greer Road Garden
  58. Greer Road Residence
  59. Guelph Bridge
  60. Head in the Clouds
  61. Helena Ave Residence 4
  62. Junction Craft Brewery
  63. Kelpies Competition
  64. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  65. Le jardin du repos
  66. Lenticular Curtain
  67. Liberty Village Parkettes
  68. Liza’s Garden
  69. Lynwood Garden
  70. Macroscape
  71. Markham Garden One
  72. Markham Street Residence Two
  73. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  74. Mulock Arboretum
  75. Nathan Phillips Square
  76. – Streetscape
  77. – Peace Garden
  78. – Podium Roof Garden
  79. Orchard View Garden
  80. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  81. Owl Cottage
  82. Paperstone Scissors
  83. Peripheral Sitings
  84. Pottery Road Crossing
  85. rare
  86. Ravine Forecourt
  87. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  88. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  89. Roxborough Garden One
  90. Roxborough Garden Two
  91. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  92. Schulich School of Business
  93. Sheridan College
  94. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  95. Spadina Quay Wetland
  96. St. Anne's Road Garden
  97. Stratford Market Square Competition
  98. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  99. Superkids Dental
  100. Superlegible
  101. Sweet Farm
  102. Sweet Farm Pond House
  103. Swift Medical Offices
  104. The Meadows Reconsidered
  105. The Red Sash
  106. Thick & Thin
  107. Tipping Point
  108. Tranby Garden
  109. Tree House Residence
  110. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  111. Venice Biennale 2012
  112. Vermont Square Park
  113. Vernon Avenue Garden
  114. Walk the Walk
  115. Walmer Road Residence
  116. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  117. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  118. Wells Street Residence
  119. Westminster Residence
  120. With Words as Their Actions
  121. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  122. Woven Stories
  123. York Park