Project size: 5,000 square feet
Program: The goal was to create a multi-unit, multi-generational housing prototype that recognizes the densification of Toronto’s urban fabric.
Location: A corner lot in Toronto's Chinatown
Solution: The structure places a grandparents’ suite below a single-family home. The massing of the house, based upon a multi-generational scenario, intentionally blends the units into a single whole that anchors its urban corner. The extended family shares a ground floor courtyard that connects to interior living spaces via sliding glass doors. Above grade, each family member has a private terrace.
Construction and materials: Recycled bricks—painted white—and red cedar panels compose the building’s façade.
Completion date: September 2015
Gross square footage: 5,000 square feet
Williamson Williamson Inc.
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Shane Williamson, MRAIC
Structural Engineering: Blackwell
Derek Nicholson Incorporated
Landscape: Williamson Williamson Inc. with Michele Pochat
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: Amvic ICF
Masonry: Brampton Brick – Remainders
Wood: 11/16” x 3 ¼” T&G Western Red Cedar
Moisture barrier: Typar HouseWrap
Metal frame: UD ‘Combi-Line’ Lift-and-slide Windows
Skylights: Velux Skylight
Entrances: Protec ‘Classic Aluwood’ Entry Doors
Special doors: Clopay Garage Door by Adams Door Systems
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: BL Woodworking
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore ‘Regal’ - interior paint
Raised flooring: ¾”x4” rift-cut white oak solid wood flooring
Special interior finishes unique to this project: ¾”x4” rift-cut white oak solid wood flooring
Interior ambient lighting: Nelson Bubble Lamps, Design Within Reach
Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lighting controls, LeGrand 'Adorne' switches and receptacles.
Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: Walkway pavers: Unilock Double Holland, Charcoal Grey