Monument Design Unveiled

Monument Design Unveiled

Paul Raff Studio is proud to share that we have been commissioned to create a permanent public monument at Queen’s Park, Toronto to honour the service of Correctional Workers in Ontario.

What Does A Home Mean To You: Paul Raff

Visiting Mirage at Underpass Park

Mirage Social Media Mosiac

Have you visited our public artwork Mirage at Underpass Park yet?

Suspended overhead of pedestrians, large scale mirror-like surfaces create an illusory appearance, which bends light rays to produce a displaced image much like a mirage. Made up of 57 reflective polished stainless steel panels fastened to the underside of the overpass, Mirage also makes for the perfect selfie spot (as seen above and shared by a many instagrammers!)

Not sure where Underpass Park is? We have you covered! Checkout our full set of directions below.

And if you take a picture, please be sure to share it with us and tag us @PaulRaffStudio and hashtag #MiragePublicArt. Happy exploring and photo-taking!

Within the City or using the TTC

If you are using the TTC, take the 504 Street Car and get off at the River Street stop

Lower River St

For those within the City, the easiest intersection is King Street East and Lower River Street

Follow Lower River Street southward until you are under the Eastern Avenue ramps



Via Cherry Street (coming from southwest)

Follow Cherry Street northward, Cherry Street becomes Sumach Street

Follow Sumach Street northward

Turn right onto King Street East

King St E Direction

Turn right onto Lower River Street

Lower River St

Follow Lower River Street southward until you are under the Eastern Avenue ramps



Via Gardiner Expy E

Take the Jarvis Street exit from Gardiner Expressway E

Jarvis St Exit

Follow Lake Shore Boulevard East and turn left on Parliament Street

Parliament St Direction

Continue on Parliament Street and take a right on King Street EastKing St E Direction

Turn right onto Lower River Street

Lower River St

Follow Lower River Street southward until you are under the Eastern Avenue ramps



Via Don Valley Pkwy S

Take the Richmond Street/Downtown exit

Richmond St Exit

Keep left and merge onto Eastern Avenue

Eastern Ave

Turn right onto Sumach Street

Sumach St Direction

Turn right onto King Street East

King St E Direction

Turn right onto Lower River Street

Lower River St

Follow Lower River Street southward until you are under the Eastern Avenue ramps


Paul Raff Studio designs Winter Stations

“Although the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto is a summer-long festival of colour and pageant, this is not true of the winter months. No place is this more evident than along the boardwalk of Toronto’s east-end beaches, where vacant utilitarian lifeguard stations stand out as symbols of public space beholden to weather.”

To infuse colour and vibrancy into Toronto’s winter landscape, a new international design competition was launched to transform the Beaches’ lifeguard stations into whimsical art installations.


Paul Raff Studio submitted a straw bale snow fort design entitled “HAY, YOU!” This engaging climbable structure offers the pleasure of elevated lake views to the south, long views of the winter beach to the east and west, and the delight of a quick slide back down to the snowy sand.


The design evokes warmth through movement, play, and cozy repose. A red painted banner beckons boardwalk pedestrians to circle around the big straw cube to the lake side. Scramble up the red bale terrace and survey the ramparts from this grassy belvedere. Take in the long prospect of the snowy shoreline and marvel at the view of the city beyond.




Accolades for Echo House

As seen in our January 2015 newsletter, Echo House garnered accolades across numerous international magazines and websites in the past year, here is a sampling: In June 2014, the Architectural Record chose Echo House to be one of its the featured houses. Architectural Record describes how Paul Raff Studio sought to achieve “a house intimately connected to nature, tradition, and the […]

New Public Artwork Commemorates Toronto’s Shoreline

Shoreline Commemorative by Paul Raff Studio

Located in Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood, The Berczy, a boutique collection of urban residences, unveils its new public artwork on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. Artist and architect Paul Raff will join developers Concert Properties, Ward 28 Councillor Pam McConnell, and The Berczy residents to celebrate the new Shoreline Commemorative.

The artwork’s location, south of Front Street on the west side of Church Street, was the site of Lake Ontario’s shoreline for thousands of years. The artwork has a sculpted limestone base evoking the original topography of the city’s edge. Its focus is a glowing glass orb set on a bronze tripod, which acts as a dense glass rendition of the line separating sky and water. The tripod reminds passerbys of the surveyors’ instrumentation of the line of sight, an important tool in creating the city. The brick wall to the south is inscribed with the text: “For 10,000 years this was the location of Lake Ontario’s shoreline. This brick wall stands where water and land met, with a vista horizon.” These elements, as an ensemble, present a summary of the experience of being on the shoreline with the horizon view open to open water, an experience formerly available at this exact location.

Artist Paul Raff describes, Shoreline Commemorative as “a special addition to the city, a landmark and unique situation for pedestrians to discover in the urban landscape.”

Other noteworthy public artworks by Paul Raff and his studio include Mirage, a large scale mirror-like artwork suspended overhead of pedestrians at Underpass Park, and Regina Gateway, a monumental sculptural public artwork that acts as a gateway into the City of Regina (in collaboration with Jyhling Lee).

Mayor Ford Knob

Knob Portrait: Mayor Ford

IKEA, the ubiquitous furniture manufacturer teamed up with the Design Exchange and some of Toronto’s best creatives, including Paul Raff Studio, for a unique fundraiser. 

Regina's Civic Gateway Architecture

The City of Regina’s New Civic Gateway

Precisely aligned north-south along the main artery skirting the edge of the city, the newly installed artwork is comprised of 17 sculpted monolithic forms that rise and fall sequentially across the landscape in a sweeping arc. A joint collaborative design by Paul Raff Studio and Jyhling Lee, Regina Gateway resonates with the prairie landscape and enriches the sense of identity and arrival in the city.

Read more about the project here.


Regina's Civic Gateway Architecture

Paul Raff Studio in Korea Town

So long Chinatown – Hello Koreatown!

12 foot ceilings, an open-web steel joint roof, new diamond-polished concrete floors, and an abundance of natural light make for an excellent new studio space for our creative practice.  Come by for a visit! Read more

Kids Renovations Toronto

Kid-Approved Renovation – Part 2

As a continuation to our second floor re-design, we recently completed the first floor renovations to a now very family-friendly Baby Point home. The kitchen, dining and living areas are transformed. Read more

sustainability architecture

Sustainability as a Driver of Artistic Innovation

“Artistic originality is rarely mentioned in the context of sustainable architecture and construction… I firmly believe, however, that environmentally-responsible thinking can be a fruitful driver of artistic innovation in architecture.” Read more

Kid Approved Renovation

A Kid-Approved Renovation

To meet the needs of a young growing family’s energy and lifestyle, we recently updated the second floor of their Baby Point mid-twentieth century home. Read more