2016 BEST OF CANADA AWARD WINNER: RESIDENTIAL
Project location: Toronto
This house’s owners used to spend their weekends at their country home, located next to a stream and surrounded by trees. They wanted their new home in the city to emulate that bucolic experience. The new home feels larger than its 2,400 square feet, thanks to several adjoining outdoor spaces with varying levels of privacy.
The main floor plays tone against tone. The white kitchen cabinetry contrasts against the dark-stained oak slats of the movable vestibule screen and wall, the kitchen island with its charcoal Silestone countertop and white oak shelving and flooring. Boldly coloured furniture pieces add pops of colour.
In back, the living room opens out to the patio deck with a completely glazed exterior wall of doors, windows and spandrel panels. The elevation is wrapped with a bold, giant-order gable-topped frame that seems to stand apart from the rest of the rear elevation, enabling the viewer simultaneously to grasp the actual house and its Platonic essence.
See the article in the Canadian Interiors September/October 2016 issue.