Hello how are you? Today, Modern Home Decor has one of the best projects in Canada. How to transform an industrial building into a single-family home.
Here is the story: The 18ft x 40ft large property is reduced by a right of way to 10ft x 38ft; The shed sits on the property boundary on the other two sides. As a result, there was no usable outdoor space in the classroom and zoning would not allow additional openings in the exterior walls. It looks very cool with a great modern decoration.
The design strategy revolved around drawing additional light, air and views from above. A light shaft, topped by skylights, stretches across the length of the western wall and brings light to the floor and the second floors. Operable vents in the Sky-Light create the chimney effect, which ventilates the house passively. From the second forecourt with its main view into the sky, a staircase leads to a roof garden and a terrace; Rainwater from the roof is collected in a cistern below. This idea is great to get the feel of a bigger room than it is, and at the same time it’s unique to a modern Toronto house.
The existing rusted steel cladding of the building was removed, provided with a flat seam and re-laid as the main building skin. Flat black painted cedar and marine plywood clad the rest of the building. Existing components were retained where possible and an existing steel sliding door was salvaged for reuse.
Architects: superkül inc
Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
principals: Andre D’Elia and Meg Graham
Project Architect: Drew Sinclair
Construction manager: Boszko and Verity Inc
Structural engineer: Robert E. Brown employee
Mechanical Engineer: GPY + Associates Engineering Inc
Built up area: 75 sqm
Photos: Tom Arban Photography / Lorne Bridgman
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