Archdesign Architects completes new family home in Toronto

Most homes in this neighbourhood have been converted from bungalows to two-storey homes, featuring underground garages and landscaped front yards. While this house follows this general pattern and integrates with the community by respecting the concept of a typical single-family dwelling, it also leads the way with its use of innovative building materials and technologies.

The house is situated on a corner lot adjacent to a schoolyard. The home incorporates a series of angles which serve to break up the orthogonal grid. The view from the home is not just directly across the street, but further down the street and past other houses. By angling parts of the home, the architects were able to maximise the corner lot by taking advantage of the southern exposure and framing specific views. Through careful design explorations, they created vistas not ordinarily possible on a residential street, giving the house the nickname, The Angled House.

The clients, both engineers, had precise and challenging requirements for their new custom home. They wanted a modern house that would be as self-sufficient as possible, and could function for a number of days off the grid, if necessary. That need was resolved by incorporating the geothermal heating and cooling system, coupled with the solar energy roof panels and the emergency generator, creating a home that serves as a model of energy efficiency and self sufficiency.

The clients also had specific requirements for the distribution of space. The architects proposed to combine the kitchen and dining areas into a single, open concept entertaining space that flows out to the exterior deck. They created second floor bedrooms of the same size and with identical amenities, yet with different layouts, shapes and colours, to allow for all the family kids to feel equal and unique. The home was completed in October 2010.

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