TYPE: Camp
DESIGN: Claude Cormier + Associes
LOCATION: Toronto (Ontario), Canada

Sugar Beach is one of Claude Cormier’s most celebrated designs. At this unassuming, formerly-industrial space along Toronto’s urban waterfront, he places an elegant beach, named for the neighboring sugar plant. It’s adjacency and context is incongruent for a couple of reasons. Firstly, a beach is an unexpected landscape typology in the downtown of the country’s largest city, which is situated alongside a cold, north-western region of Lake Ontario. Secondly, relaxing at said beach seems a bit strange as you look out across the inlet to the sugar plant, with large ships regularly traveling in and out—a contrast to the typical image one would expect while sunbathing.

  1. Martyn Weir. Untitled, Year Unknown
  2. Industryous Photography, Untitled, 2017.
  3. Industryous Photography, Untitled, 2017.
  4. Nicola Betts, Untitled, 2011.
  5. Guillaume Paradis, Untitled, 2013.