Polymétis is a Toronto-based design studio working at the intersections of architecture, landscape, and public art. The studio’s site-specific projects are born from a process of making and experimental production, blending manual and digital methods to inspire new directions of exploration. The aim is to create works that are thoughtful, engaging and beautiful. Polymétis is composed of Michaela MacLeod, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, and Nicholas Croft, an architect at MJMA.
From the exterior, Expanded Horizon is a simple linear structure sited perpendicularly to the lake. Though it is small, its open ends suggest a narrow passageway, and curious visitors are drawn to the light emanating from within. As one enters, the anticipated narrow view of the lake through the other end of the space is contradicted: the lake is reflected on both sidewalls of the passageway, multiplying its colors and lines, stretching it horizontally. Above, prisms of clear acrylic transmit daylight from a hidden cavity that intersects the ceiling; each plane reflected as a linear streak of light that both illuminates and reinforces the illusion of horizontal space.
Expanded Horizon seeks to juxtapose the spatial narrowness of a corridor with a perceived expansion of space, using mirror to create reflections of the lake and of the light-transmitting planes of acrylic above. With the water and horizon as its primary subject, the piece seeks to internalize and amplify the changing color palette of winter light, as well as the landscape and the visitors that inhabit it.