Huron Cubbies Design Diagram

The project called for the insertion of a built-in storage unit for Lost and Found items at the Huron Street Public School. The school previously used an old shelving unit and coatrack for Lost and Found, located in a back hallway of the school out of view. The Principal wanted to bring the items into the school entry where parents and kids circulate every day. Storage items of course include lunch boxes, single mittens, hats and coats, sweatshirts etc. The design called for ample storage with an idea about showing the items as both mis-matched and temporary without detracting from the character of the school entry.

We created something very simple and playful that would engage the energetic flux of kids, teachers and parents at this central pivot point of the school. The unit has a regular order of rows and columns of storage cubbies based on a diagrid. This order is softened, stretched and deformed to create the sense of flux and movement without compromising order and utility. Parametric software was used to design and test the unit, and to govern the individual pieces for fabrication and assembly.


Design iterations and testing

The final design emerged after a period of testing and prototyping, both at a model scale and at full scale. Each piece is numbered in the digital model and as physical output. As each piece is unique, this is essential for assembly. The numbering system can be used by kids, staff and parents to identify items in the lost and found by cubby.


Diagram of parts


Off-site pre-assembly


On-site installation

Assembly detail


Location: Huron Street Public School, Toronto ON
Team: Tom Bessai, Maria Denegri, Dave Reeves, Jared Pumber, Dave Freedman, Francesca Joyce, Sophia Panova
Installation: Don Decouchay
Prototyping and Fabrication and partial assembly was done at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture FAB Lab
Photography: Alan Hamilton

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