Sweet Farm is an 85-acre private park in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The project comprises a series of architectural, sculptural, and landscape interventions along a network of natural paths through a varied natural landscape. Interventions such as a forest dining area, a woodshed, tower, mink cage garden and belvedere enhance and point to natural and man made features and the sensuous aspects of the site – heightening the visitor’s experience of the existing landscape – as if one were seeing them for the first time. Interventions are built incrementally with material harvested from or found on the site. Sweet Farm has been under construction since 1994. An exhibit of this work travelled across Canada from 1998-2000 showing in Toronto, Waterloo, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Halifax.

Belvedere in hemlock and maple (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Belvedere in hemlock and maple
View of belvedere (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Side view of belvedere
Belvedere overlook side view (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Belvedere overlook side view
Belvedere view from below (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Belvedere view from below
View of woven walls (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The woven walls
View of marsh porch (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The marsh porch approach
Marsh porch walkway 1 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Marsh porch walkway skip step
marsh porch 1 (photo: Joyce Rapoport)
Marsh porch long walk · Photo: Joyce Rapoport
Marsh porch walkway 4 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Marsh porch central seating
The slough pathway 1 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The slough pathway
View of slough (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The slough
Meadow Walkway (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Walkway black and white
Mink Cages (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Entrance to mink cage garden
Mink cages in winter (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Mink cages in winter
Sweet Farm wood shed (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Approach to the wood shed
The woodshed 1 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Woodshed end of winter
Wood ready for winter (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Wood ready for winter
The woodshed 2 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Woodshed detail
The tree (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The golden tree bench
Slough water detail (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Slough water detail

project index

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