Date: March 2012
Size: 3150 sq.ft
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Ideas of transparency and connection are explored in a house that blends old and new. An existing two storey house – renovated to include a third floor – is combined with a two storey contemporary addition that modestly integrates itself into the fabric of the neighbourhood. Visual and spatial connections travel three dimensionally, offering changing views and sensorial experiences as the occupant moves throughout the home.
The focal point of the residence is an uninterrupted flight of stairs spanning three stories. Ushering occupants to the third floor office and rooftop patio, the stairs are anchored around a three storey wooden insert that begins in the basement and stretches just shy of the roof. An ascending flock of laser cut swallows helps to draw the eye upward, past all three storeys, through a large skylight at the top of the stairs and into the sky beyond. The use of modern materials – steel, wood, and glass for the stairs – helps act as a natural counterpoint to the textured brick dividing wall.
Photography: Andrew Snow