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The Toronto 2015 Pan American Game sport shooting venue designed by magma architecture has successfully hosted the TO 2015 Pan American Games and is now being used as a high performance training facility for Canada’s top pistol, rifle and shotgun athletes. The building is an addition to the Toronto International Trap & Skeet Club in the forest near Cookstown, Ontario, about an hour drive from Toronto. The jagged upper edge of the outer perimeter wall is reminiscent of the Canadian national emblem: the maple leaf. Behind the form finding for the geometry of the façade lays a firm technical rationale: it was driven by geometrical investigation into all possible ballistic trajectories. Any excess planes not required to contain projectiles were cut away from the façade resulting in the dynamic and distinctive outer appearance of the building and a high efficiency. Martin Ostermann, co-founder of magma architecture, explains: “Our sustainability strategy was to shrink the building fabric to the minimum to reduce the need for material application.” View more View full description
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