photo: Steve Payne
AGATHOM Co. - Toronto, Canada
Rumbling Drumlins, 2013
61 - University Avenue & College Street
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For AGATHOM Co., the site is always the starting point, a space where structures fit and sit in existing
physical and/or natural environments. Rumbling Drumlins explores the ersatz qualities of a traditional
parade float as a way to highlight the haphazard nature of our built environment. The float poses some
fundamental questions about the city and its environs: questions addressing not only the physical presences
that surround us but also more sensory and ambient occurrences.
On a daily basis residents and visitors alike find themselves asking questions about a city “What’s
that smell?” “What is that noise?” “Where is it coming from?” Other more
substantive questions about built environments may only come to the fore when art and design triggers
them. “Who built that?” “Why?” “Is it supposed to mean something?” This
parade float attempts to distil the concerns of a city into floating responses for the inhabitants. Rumbling
Drumlins acts in the same spirit of welcoming questions and making connections between what surrounds
us and its significance.
Founded in 2005, AGATHOM Co. specializes in architecture & environments. The studio blends diverse
backgrounds & ideas, sharing a love for modernism, craft & sensitivity to locale.
Principals Katja Aga Sachse Thom & Adam Thom both graduated from SCI-Arc with a MA in Architecture.
They both hold BFA degrees in Sculpture: Katja from University of New Mexico 1995 & Adam from Nova
Scotia College of Art & Design in 1992. Katja teaches at Ryerson University. Adam is on the executive
board of the TSA & the JVS.
In association with David Johanns.
With assistance from Jerome Keays from Design Turf.
Thank you to Serafima Korovina.
Thank you to Stanley Sun.
Thank you to Linton Green from Metal Forged.