Grasett Park Utilizes Progressive Design To Honour Past Torontonians

Denegri Bessai Studio was established in 2013 by partners Tom Bessai and Maria Denegri. Projects in the Denegri Bessai Studio are carefully developed through an iterative design process that combines experimental research, engaged client consultation and state-of-the-art computation and fabrication techniques.

It was with this future-forward design style that Denegri Bessai Studio conceptualized a park to honour a past deed of valour. Grasett Park, which is slated to be built along Adelaide, commemorates the sacrifices made by field hospital staff who cared for the massive influx of Irish and other immigrants in Toronto in the summer of 1847.

Sculptural glass clusters create a sheltered urban passage.  They are illuminated by night and carry a soft printed screening pattern created from images of blowing cheese-cloth, the material that was used in the hospital fever sheds to separate the humble rows of sickbeds. All of the park elements are created using advanced digital design and fabrication methods befitting of our own time and technologies- thus looking to a bright future while linking Torontonians of all races and religions to this chapter in our past.

Denegri Bessai Studio will bring their forward-thinking design techniques and rethink the use of wood in the IDS18 Ontario Wood installation.

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