With Beaches House, completed last year, design firm Odami reimagines what a contemporary beach house looks like within a city.
On a tree-lined residential street in Toronto, Batay-Csorba Architects’ High Park Residence warrants a double take. Clad in the same brick as its neighbours, the home stands out for its various geometric forms. A brick façade is balanced with asymmetrical windows and a curving carport.
Every winter, Toronto’s cold, grey waterfront gets an exciting dose of design thanks to Winter Stations. The annual competition, now in its eighth year, has architects, artists, and designers from around the world reimagine Toronto’s existing lifeguard stations, which dot Kew and Woodbine beaches at regular intervals.
1255 project by Omar Gandhi Architect reimagines the concept of the traditional family home. Situated on property just north of Lake Ontario in the Greater Toronto Area, the home uses the surrounding topography to create a stronger connection to nature—something the clients were keen to integrate into their home. The environment in which this home resides feels far removed from suburbia; instead, it is reminiscent of a cottage retreat.
There are few iconic hotel bars in Toronto, but a desire for thoughtful, rich environments reminiscent of the literary salon is breathing life back into two of them. Such is the appeal of the Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York and the rooftop bar at the Park Hyatt.
American architect Jeanne Gang’s first Canadian project, Toronto’s One Delisle, is a gesture toward a more human-centric skyscraper. NUVO spoke with Gang about the design of the tower, the relationship Toronto has to its natural surroundings, and the firm’s evolving approach to creating innovative high-rise buildings.
Izen Architecture, an all-female firm, has built a modern home with porcelain facade using standard housing permits in The Bedford Park neighbourhood of Toronto.
Constructed on what once was a decaying “worker’s cottage”—one of the small, narrow structures made usually of wood that housed many in the rapidly expanding Great Lakes cities during the Industrial Revolution—this home was built as a “ethereal sanctuary” for a retired elementary school teacher.