House On A Ravine / Taylor Smyth Architects

House on a ravine, toronto, canada / taylor smyth architects
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This new 7,000 square foot home backs onto a conservation area in north Toronto. The client requested a modern, open residence that would take advantage of the spectacular natural views, with a refined material palette.

House on a ravine, canada / taylor smyth architects
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Exterior materials consist of a rubble stone base of Ontario limestone, custom mahogany windows and exterior finished stucco. Flashings, canopies and the garage door are zinc. An exterior mahogany screen at the front provides privacy from the street for the two storey high glazing.

House on a ravine, canada / taylor smyth architects
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At the rear, the house is oriented to the view of the park. Ten foot high floor to ceiling mahogany and glass doors along the full length of the living and dining rooms can be slid past each other to link interior and exterior. A water element begins inside the kitchen/conservatory as a series of bubbling spouts, reappears outside in a linear channel, and culminates in a fountain flowing from a stainless steel scupper.

House on a ravine, canada / taylor smyth architects
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Inside, the house is organized around a double height dining room. A stair of solid walnut treads on steel angles cantilevers out from a freestanding wall that leads to a steel and walnut bridge on the second floor. The stair was meticulously detailed to provide flush connections between the wood and the steel.

House on a ravine, canada / taylor smyth architects
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An elegant palette of natural materials combines dark and light colours: walnut floors and built-in millwork, light limestone flooring at the foyer and on the living room fireplace, and sandblasted glass screens and polished plaster.

Project Details:
Location: Toronto, Canada
Type: ResidentialHouses
Size: 7,000 sq. ft.
Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Images: Kerun Ip

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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