This project is for a family who endeavoured to find a property – with no parking, and thus no car to go with it – which built upon the values embraced by Jane Jacobs, who once lived not far away. The existing home, though neglected, was a charming turn-of-the-century detached home in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood which required an approach that could migrate from a small-family home with a basement rental, into a shared home with grandparents and billeting university students. This programmatic complexity provided us with the opportunity to create a new sense of the service space vs. public space within the home.
The centre-piece solid-edged wood curved stair, an undulating millwork interior wall on the ground floor and strategic millwork insertions on the upper floors amount to domestic space that may operate on an extension of the flow of public to semi-public to private spaces within. A finished back terrace and a tiered entry sequence of poured-in-place concrete, iron spot pavers and ipe hardwood aim for a restrained expression of the new work on the exterior.