Toronto Islands, Canada
T.K. Justin Ng
From Finnish saunas to Japanese onsens, spas exist in different forms across the world. While the rituals involved varies drastically, many of them seem to share a realization that comfort comes from exposing the human body to a broad range of atmospheric conditions – instead of the North American (ashrae) notion of a narrow ‘comfort zone’.
Canada’s diverse climate means that people frequently move between different atmospheric conditions. Yet there are only two zones – inside and outside – separated by the monotony of a single wall.
With that in mind, com-fort is a spa that investigates and expands upon the relationship between interiority and exteriority through delaminating typical building envelopes and deconstructing off-the-shelf architectural components that define atmospheric conditions.