Sky-O-Swale (East Scarborough Storefront)
Green Roof Shade Structure & MLSE /Jumpstart Play Area
The Sky-o-Swale® Green Roof Shade Structure is a shade-water structure co-created by local youth with their architect mentors for the East Scarborough Storefront, a hub for shared social and support services. The structure serves to filter rainwater through a green roof and into an underground cistern which in turn is used to irrigate the Community R.O.S.E. (Roots of Scarborough East) Garden. More than that, it is a shaded community gathering space—a stage for performances and seating for the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) /Jumpstart sports pad.
In true Storefront fashion, the Sky-o-Swale® Green Roof Shade Structure began to take shape through complex collaboration. Storefront staff were funded by TD Friends of the Environment to bring together partners who supplied the materials: wood decking from the Venice Biennale’s Migrating Landscapes, hydro poles donated by Toronto Hydro, pop bottle crates for planting boxes from Orbis Corporation, rain barrels from Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, repurposed chain-link fence from the existing building, and pumps and seating provided through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
As of 2014, the Sky-o-Swale® Green Roof Shade Structure and the community sports pad will be icons, demonstrating to the community and to the world at large just what can be accomplished when we start by investing in local youth and bring all our talents and resources together to support them and their dreams.
For More Information:
Launch of New Community Sports Pad and Sky-O-Swale
Location: Scarborough, ON
Completion: August, 2014
Client: East Scarborough Storefront
Design: KGO Youth
Project Lead: Steve Socha
Community Design Lead: archiTEXT Inc.
Landscape: E.R.A. Architects
Structural: Blackwell Engineering & Tensile Integrity
Contractor: Direct Construction Ltd.