Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre and a year-round destination for hands-on learning about ecology, sustainable living and industrial heritage. At Evergreen, green design involves much more than architecture. It’s about systems and attitudes and behaviour – all of which embrace the goal of consuming less energy, water, raw materials, and processed and packaged goods.
Participating student teams embraced the spirit and natural characteristics of the site in a unique way, but one entry made a lasting impression on the competition judges. The creative use of tire-derived products combined with a commitment to the site’s natural features helped Gloria and Jessica of Humber College take home top prize.
The final design, which is now open for public use, mimics the curves and colours of Mud River, a tributary of the Don River running beneath the site. It also features three recycled tire products in creative and innovative ways. The rock-inspired seating and play elements, referred to as “pods,” are coated in a poured rubber product supplied by Shercom Industries. Recycled rubber tiles by SofSURFACES Inc. are prominently featured on the site in two lively shades of river-inspired blue. It also showcases Heffco recycled rubber mulch around planting beds and newly landscaped areas. The site emphasizes the theme of “blending old and new” and celebrates the elegant union of natural and reclaimed materials to create memorable user experiences.