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Architect builds his own studio at the end of Toronto garden

The Brooklyn trend for backyard studios has extended all the way to Toronto, where the founder of architecture firm Six Four Five A has constructed a tiny timber workspace for himself at the end of the garden. The Garden Studio was designed by Oliver Dang at his family home in the Canadian city, where property prices

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Batay-Csorba animates facades of Toronto townhouses with angled windows

Canadian studio Batay-Csorba Architects has taken cues from traditional bay windows on Victorian homes for this residential building in Toronto, which has apertures that appear to be slanted. The development, called Core Modern Homes, is located in the city’s upscale Leaside neighbourhood. The building occupies a prime site along Eglinton Avenue, slated to become the city’s newest

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LGA transforms warehouse into community for homeless youths in Toronto

Canadian firm LGA Architectural Partners has created a neighbourhood within an old Toronto industrial building, to provide accommodation for homeless young people. Eva’s is a nonprofit initiative that provides shelter and educational facilities for homeless youth in the city. For the latest of its three residences, LGA Architectural Partners consulted with Canadian agency ERA Architects to revamp

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Mirrored staircase ascends through Kaleidoscope House by Paul Ruff Studio

The staircase at the centre of this Toronto house has mirrored balustrades that bounce light and reflections off one another to create a kaleidoscopic effect. Kaleidoscope House is located in Chaplin Estates, an affluent neighbourhood characterised by its detached homes that have private gardens and driveways. The focal point of the home is a reflective staircase, which Paul Raff

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Colourful strips surround Toronto’s Albion Library by Perkins+Will

Multi-coloured bars form the facades of this district library in a Toronto suburb by architecture firm Perkins+Will, which features community areas for new Canadians. The Albion Library is located in the Rexdale neighbourhood to the north-west of the city, where the population is predominantly immigrants, minorities, and low-income residents. “The Albion District Library is one

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Monochrome Canadian ski lodge by Atelier Kastelic Buffey echoes traditional farmhouses

Toronto firm Atelier Kastelic Buffey has completed a black-and-white ski chalet in Ontario’s Blue Mountains, echoing the forms of the area’s traditional barns and farmhouses. The residence, dubbed Alta Chalet, encompasses 3,000 square feet (278 square metres) and was designed for a family of five. “Located near the end of a cul-de-sac in a private

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Penda proposes Toronto Tree Tower built from cross-laminated timber modules

Plants and trees sprout from the modular units that make up this timber-framed high-rise, proposed by architecture firm Penda for Toronto. Penda, which has offices in China and Austria, collaborated with Canadian company Tmber for the Toronto Tree Tower project. They propose an 18-storey residential block that would stand 62 metres tall, with a modular

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Henning Larsen’s Etobicoke Civic Centre shelters public square from cold winds

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects has won a competition to design a group of buildings in Toronto, with a proposal that channels wind to create a comfortable microclimate in a central plaza. The Etobicoke Civic Centre will feature a cluster of buildings of different sizes, arranged to shelter a public square from cold prevailing winds. The development was planned to

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Aleph-Bau creates metal rooftop addition for slender Toronto townhouse

Canadian studio Aleph-Bau has overhauled an urban residence in Toronto, creating a bright white facade and adding a sculptural rooftop volume wrapped in aluminium. Called Twelve Tacoma, the home is located in the Summerhill neighbourhood in central Toronto. It is situated on a street lined with 19th-century workers’ rowhouses known for their coloured brick facades

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Superkül reserves upstairs just for kids at renovated modernist Toronto home

Toronto firm Superkül has renovated a mid-century modern home in a residential area of the city, adding a second level dedicated to spaces for children. The Valley House is located in Hoggs Hollow, a neighbourhood in the north area of Toronto. The renovation and extension was intended to provide more space for a family of

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Batay-Csorba creates urban townhouses in Toronto faced with brick and wooden screens

Canadian studio Batay-Csorba Architects has created a pair of slender residential buildings in central Toronto that pay heed to the craftsmanship found in the area’s historic architecture. Called Double Duplex, the building is located in Parkdale – a historic district dotted with Victorian and bay-and-gable-style mansions dating to the 19th century. The neighbourhood is popular

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Adrian Phiffer envisions concrete Toronto home with cutouts and angled walls

This conceptual, exposed concrete home by the Office of Adrian Phiffer is meant to respond to the banal character of its proposed location in Midtown Toronto. Called the Semblance House, the project is envisioned for Davisville Village in Toronto, where the architecture can be banal and “quite ugly”, according to Office of Adrian Phiffer, a

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Toronto’s CN Tower reimagined as residential high-rise covered in wooden pods

Clusters of parasitic apartment units cling to the sides of the CN Tower in this conceptual proposal by Toronto studio Quadrangle. The modular wooden residences would nestle between the giant concrete fins of the 553-metre-tall communications tower – one of the world’s tallest, and a major tourist attraction. “Quadrangle saw an opportunity to reinvigorate the

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Historic Toronto home gets contemporary update by Post Architecture

Canadian studio Post Architecture has added a protruding window box to a century-old brick house as part of a major renovation of the urban residence. The Riverdale Dormer House sits across from a popular park in Riverdale, a community just east of downtown Toronto. Local firm Post Architecture worked with a team of engineers, designers and builders

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Quadrangle Architects transforms brick warehouse in Toronto into creative workspaces

Canadian firm Quadrangle Architects has transformed a 19th-century brick building once used to store wine into a workspace for designers, artists and tech companies. Named 60 Atlantic Avenue, the 43,000-square-foot building (3,995 square metres) is located in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood, a former industrial area now occupied by young professionals and creative-sector businesses. L-shaped in

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A wave of minimalism – or simplicity – has merged with modernity to achieve maximum impact. A quest for structure which has resulted in the creation of a series of  industrial and architectural designs. Give place to the new “Lines” … Continue reading

+tongtong uses grey and black zinc to transform Victorian home in Toronto

Canadian firm +tongtong has overhauled a traditional home in Toronto, adding a large triangular window, dark zinc cladding and an interior lightwell that provides natural illumination. Called Zn House, the project entailed the transformation of a three-storey Victorian home through “a series of strategic moves and incisions”. The architect was tasked with creating a larger, More

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RZLBD divides black and grey Toronto residence with central staircase

Toronto firm RZLBD has completed a three-storey house comprising two volumes split by a staircase in the middle (+ slideshow). Instar House is located on the outskirts of Toronto, within the neighbourhood of Allenby. Another residence previously occupied the site, and the new home was built above its foundations. Two main volumes make up the More

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ZAS creates Toronto library with curved walls and slanted windows

Canadian firm ZAS has completed a glass and aluminium-clad public library in suburban Toronto, which has sculptural form influenced by a local rollercoaster (+ slideshow). The Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library is located in Vaughan, a suburban city just north of Toronto. Situated within a civic campus, the 3,306-square-metre building sits along a pedestrian promenade More

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Shipping container serves as mobile boutique for luxury sportswear brand Needs & Wants

Online retailer Needs & Wants Studios has collaborated with a Toronto architecture student to transform a shipping container into a mobile boutique that serves as the brand’s first physical store (+ slideshow). Measuring eight by 20 feet (2.4 by six metres), the showroom and retail space made its debut in a forested area in The More

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Reza Aliabadi’s Opposite House in Toronto is split down the middle

Canada-based architect Reza Aliabadi has completed a home made up of vastly different halves at a lakefront site on the outskirts of Toronto (+ slideshow). Aliabadi, who runs Toronto studio RZLBD, designed the two-bedroom house with a corridor that runs down the centre – splitting the building into two and earning it the name Opposite More

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Bright pink doorway marks the entrance to Reigo and Bauer’s Winona House in Toronto

Toronto firm Reigo and Bauer has created a three-bedroom home in the city, which features a hot pink entrance and is otherwise clad in black shingles (+ slideshow). The owners of Winona House previously lived in a semi-detached home, which had an L-shaped yard large enough to subdivide into two plots. They decided to sell their More

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Bird-watching pavilions by Plant Architect are made from perforated plates of weathering steel

Plant Architect has used weathering steel to create a series of wing-like structures for bird watchers in a Toronto park, which are punctured with both patterns and information about local species (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s East Point Park Bird Sanctuary, structures were completed by the Toronto-based firm as part of a local initiative to More

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Williamson Chong Architects adds “carved” facade to Toronto family home

The wooden facade of this Toronto property by local practice Williamson Chong Architects is set-back and angled towards a nearby ravine (+ slideshow). The Bala Line home, which accommodates a family of five, is situated on a street towards the western edge of the ravine, and sits 60 feet (18.3 metres) above the disused Bala More

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BIG designs “Habitat 2.0” for Toronto

Bjarke Ingels’ firm has unveiled designs for a major residential development in downtown Toronto, reminiscent of the experimental housing complex built by Moshe Safdie in the 1960s (+ slideshow). Proposed for a site between King Street West and Wellington Street, the BIG-designed development includes 500 apartments contained within a pixellated-looking block that rises and falls to More

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Winter follies open along the frozen beaches of Canada’s Lake Ontario

A transparent sauna that exposes its bathers and a charred timber globe offering refuge from the chilly weather are among this year’s Winter Stations installations on the shores of Lake Ontario (+ slideshow). Built around the beaches’ lifeguard stations, the interactive installations are designed to encourage Toronto residents out of their houses in the depths of winter. Four More

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ZAS wraps a Toronto engineering school in a tessellated metal and glass screen

Canadian firm ZAS Architects + Interiors used an algorithm to create the triangular patterning on the facade of the new Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence in Toronto (+ slideshow). The building houses the Lassonde School of Engineering, which is part of York University. With 55,000 students, the public institution is the third largest university in More

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Covered bridge provides all-weather connection between Toronto hotel and convention centre

This enclosed bridge with a geometric black and white facade connects a hotel to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, helping visitors pass between the two even in the depths of winter. Toronto-based artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins collaborated with New York-based architect James Khamsi to design the structure, which spans a busy roadway and railway line. Located More

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Winter Stations proposals unveiled for Toronto’s frozen beaches

A fur-lined globe, a steam-emitting canoe and a transparent sauna are among the winning designs for a series of shelters to be erected on the edge of Toronto’s frozen lakes (+ slideshow). Seven teams of artists and designers have been selected to convert the lifeguard stations positioned along the shorelines into temporary pavilions. They are the winners of More

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Aluminium louvres screen facade of Toronto home by Paul Raff Studio

This family home in Toronto by local firm Paul Raff Studio features a brise-soleil made of aluminium louvres, designed to “bounce sunlight deep into the space”. Called the Counterpoint House, the 404-square-metre dwelling is situated on a slender lot in a leafy Toronto neighbourhood. It includes two storeys and a finished basement, along with a detached garage. On […]

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Fritted glass creates patterned facade for Ryerson University student centre by Snøhetta

Snøhetta has completed a student centre for Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, featuring chamfered edges and a patterned glass facade (+ slideshow). Encompassing 14,200 square metres and rising eight levels, the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is a prominent addition to Ryerson University’s urban campus. The university, founded in 1948, has 38,000 students and is known for […]

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Plans unveiled for Toronto park that will stretch under a highway

Toronto has revealed plans to construct a new park below an elevated highway, featuring outdoor performance spaces and a pedestrian and cycle trail. Known as Project: Under Gardiner, the design proposes the transformation of four “forgotten” hectares under the city’s Gardiner Expressway to create a series of public spaces. The initial concept was conceived by local urban designer Ken Greenberg, along with Marc […]

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Atelier Kastelic Buffey creates miniature book exchange that folds up into a glowing black box

This miniature wooden library for a Toronto suburb is designed to provide a public reading nook and book exchange, and folds into a box at night for security (+ slideshow). Called the Story Pod, the community-funded lending library and book exchange opens up to reveal shelves and seating nooks for reading. The whole structure retracts into an eight-foot […]

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Snaking BMX race track installed in Toronto for Pan American Games

This undulating course was designed by Canadian firm Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects to host BMX races during the 2015 Pan American Games (+ slideshow). The local architecture studio designed the BMX Supercross Legacy Project for the sporting event, which was held in Toronto during July. Riders launched themselves onto the undulating dirt track via ramps enclosed in a board-marked concrete and steel-slatted structure. The […]

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Magma Architecture completes spiky shooting range for Pan American Games

The jagged outline of a maple leaf informed the profile of this shooting range in Ontario, Canada, which was designed by Berlin firm Magma Architecture for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Magma Architecture oversaw the creation of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games sport shooting venue, which hosted rifle, pistol and trap shooting events […]

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Charles Correa’s crystalline Islamic centre joins the Aga Khan Museum in a Toronto park

A faceted glass dome peaks above the prayer hall of Toronto’s new Charles Correa-designed Islamic cultural centre, which shares a patch of parkland with Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum (+ slideshow). Indian firm Charles Correa Associates designed the Ismaili Centre in partnership with local studio Moriyama & Teshima Architects to provide a cultural centre for the Islamic community. The building sits adjacent to the Aga Khan Museum […]

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Foster + Partners to create Canada’s tallest habitable building in Toronto

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed plans to build an 80-storey skyscraper that is set to become Canada’s tallest habitable building. Called The One, the 318-metre-tall tower will have a glass facade with a diamond pattern of bronze struts running up the sides, and will occupy a site in downtown Toronto on the corner of Yonge Street […]

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Designers convert lifeguard towers into winter pavilions for Toronto’s frozen beaches

Lifeguard outposts along Toronto’s frozen waterfront have been converted into a series of installations and pavilions, including a set of bright red swings and a spiky timber folly (+ slideshow). Winter Stations is the first instalment of an annual public art competition launched by a trio of local studios – RAW, Ferris + Associates and Curio – to revitalise Toronto’s frozen […]
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Blackened-timber boathouse completed by Weiss Architecture on a Canadian island

This blackened-timber boathouse and pavilion designed by Weiss Architecture occupies a cedar jetty that projects out from the rocky coastline of an Ontario island (+ slideshow). The boathouse and pavilion were designed by Toronto-based Weiss Architecture and Urbanism for a family that enjoys water sports and outdoor get-togethers. Related story: Studio Gang’s Chicago boathouse designed to echo the rhythms […]
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LGA Architecture creates wood and cement home for a curator and her art collection

This trapezoidal house in Toronto by LGA Architectural Partners features stark white interiors to frame its owner’s art collections and create a projection screen for a light installation (+ slideshow). Local architects LGA Architectural Partners built the unusually shaped block, named Garden House, for a client who wanted to downsize from her large Edwardian house in Tortono’s west end […]
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Lakeside sauna by Partisans designed as a cavernous wooden grotto

Behind the burnt-timber exterior of this sauna by Canadian studio Partisans is a cavernous cedar interior that emulates the form of a seaside grotto (+ slideshow). Partisans designed the private sauna, named Grotto, for a craggy spot on the shore of Lake Huron, north of Toronto. Sans Souci Island, a lump of prehistorical granite that rises out […]

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Drew Mandel Architects designs Moore Park Residence “to echo the rhythm of its neighbours”

Canadian studio Drew Mandel Architects designed this new Toronto house to sit sensitively among its 1920s neighbours, mimicking their shape, size and two-toned facades (+ slideshow). Moore Park Residence was designed by Drew Mandel Architects for a couple with a young child, and replaces an ailing 1920s house on the site – the first such […]

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