Site size: 3,861 square feet
Project size: 5,480 square feet
Program: Two connected yet disparate structures'which had accommodated a flower bulb distributor for more than half a century'were converted into a single house for owners with a passion for music and entertaining.
Location: A highly visible site on a busy residential thoroughfare in Toronto.
Solution: With only a few, carefully placed windows on the street-facing fa'ade, the house provides shelter from the busy road. A long hallway leads from the entrance to the protected interior foyer. The architects organized the living spaces around the foyer and an interior courtyard. A series of large skylights help filter daylight into the depths of the building, while maintaining privacy. To accommodate the owners' wish to host events, the foyer looks out over a double height performance area located in the basement. Bedrooms are located on the second and third floors.
Construction and materials: The house retains the existing concrete block structure supplemented with a wood frame and laminated veneer lumber. The exterior is clad is cement fiber panels and Douglas fir. Inside, bright, airy spaces are achieved with concrete and oiled white oak floors, accented with quarter-cut American black walnut and acid-finished, cold-rolled steel millwork. The interior courtyard contains a 16-foot-tall, backlit Cor-ten steel wall with perforations that reveal a graphic of super-sized tulips, a nod to the building's former program.
176 John Street, Suite 400
TEL: (416) 515-8422
Windows and Sliding Glass Doors
Second Floor Bedroom Flooring
Third Floor Bedroom Flooring
Reclaimed Cold Storage Door
Artwork (portrait piece)
2ND FLOOR BEDROOM
3RD FLOOR BEDROOM