This project creates a new place for architecture, music and performance in Toronto at the edge of one of its verdant ravines. Curvilinear, undulating glass walls with syncopated oak fins are used to shape a large gathering space where building and landscape are intertwined. The journey through the house parallels the experience of descending the ravine slope taking advantage of the sectional qualities of the site and amplify the journey through the project.
Integral House 1: From the ravine, visitors can see the full five stories of the house. But by treating each floor’s skin differently, the architects broke down the visual bulk of the building.
Integral House 2: Seen from the driveway, the house appears to be just two stories high.
Integral House 3: The undulating line of the perimeter wall and the angled wood fins give the living room/performance space a “rich and immediate” sound, says the client. While he is pleased with the sound, he said he didn’t want acoustics to drive the design of the room. “Otherwise, I would have gotten a shoe box.”
Integral House 4: The architects tucked areas off the living room for dining and relaxing.
Integral House 5: On the lowest level, a swimming pool and exercise area look onto the ravine. In good weather, the glass wall, which sits on a 35-foot-long steel beam, can slide below the floor and open the space to the outdoors.
Integral House 6: A cable-and-rod system supports a glass installation by artist Mimi Gellman.
Project Location Toronto Canada
Project Type: Single Family Residence
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