Face to Face/Tête à Tête creates a place for shared conversation along 44 feet of roadway. With two unexpectedly long tables (13 and 16 feet), flanked by continuous benches and wrapped with planting, this is a place for concentrated community conversation, animated inside the words Face to Face/Tête à Tête dynamically projected over all of the surfaces – bench, planters, tables, and deck. With only six feet of width overall, the narrow striking blue and orange room promotes both intimacy within the bustle of King St., and deliberately intensifies the conversation. Shaped like boomerangs, one table angles toward the street, and one toward the sidewalk, subtly inviting participants to the table angled to watch the passers-by on the sidewalk, or to hail to those on bike and streetcar. The table is a central focus recalling big family dinners – promoting larger collective/community gathering, yet the narrowness allows for individual occupation, co-working, musing, lunching, and dreaming.

This parklet was one of two permanent ones installed as part of the King Street Transit Pilot, a project in downtown Toronto to enhance public space, improve transit efficiency, and refocus the street to pedestrians. This is one of two projects were selected in an open competition for permanent parklets.

Face to face at the table (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Face to face at the long tables
The words stretch to all surfaces (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The words stretch to all surfaces
The parklet replaces two parking spots (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The parklet replaces two parking spots
Adjacent conversations at the tables (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Adjacent conversations at the tables
In conversation (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
In conversation
Parklet and streetcar from above (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Parklet and streetcar from above
Parklet and streetcar (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Parklet and streetcar
The text folds over all surfaces (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The text folds over all surfaces
Parklet and streetcar (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Parklet and streetcar
Parklet from the roof of the King Edward Hotel (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Parklet from the roof of the King Edward Hotel

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. Foote’s Pond Wood
  50. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  51. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  52. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  53. Gormley Garden
  54. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  55. Greener P
  56. Greer Road Garden
  57. Greer Road Residence
  58. Guelph Bridge
  59. Head in the Clouds
  60. Helena Ave Residence 4
  61. Junction Craft Brewery
  62. Kelpies Competition
  63. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  64. Le jardin du repos
  65. Lenticular Curtain
  66. Liza’s Garden
  67. Lynwood Garden
  68. Macroscape
  69. Markham Garden One
  70. Markham Street Residence Two
  71. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  72. Nathan Phillips Square
  73. – Streetscape
  74. – Peace Garden
  75. – Podium Roof Garden
  76. Orchard View Garden
  77. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  78. Owl Cottage
  79. Paperstone Scissors
  80. Peripheral Sitings
  81. Pottery Road Crossing
  82. rare
  83. Ravine Forecourt
  84. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  85. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  86. Roxborough Garden One
  87. Roxborough Garden Two
  88. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  89. Sheridan College
  90. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  91. Spadina Quay Wetland
  92. St. Anne's Road Garden
  93. Stratford Market Square Competition
  94. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  95. Superkids Dental
  96. Superlegible
  97. Sweet Farm
  98. Sweet Farm Pond House
  99. Swift Medical Offices
  100. The Meadows Reconsidered
  101. The Red Sash
  102. Thick & Thin
  103. Tipping Point
  104. Tranby Garden
  105. Tree House Residence
  106. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  107. Venice Biennale 2012
  108. Vermont Square Park
  109. Vernon Avenue Garden
  110. Walk the Walk
  111. Walmer Road Residence
  112. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  113. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  114. Wells Street Residence
  115. Westminster Residence
  116. With Words as Their Actions
  117. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  118. Woven Stories
  119. York Park