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November 15, 2013
Toronto: largest city in Canada, capital of Ontario, and seat of multiculturalism in our neighbor to the north. (It's also currently host to the most active construction cranes in North America!) Here's a primer on ten great Toronto homes from the Dwell archive.
bookshelves, toronto, studio

Seeking more space and a connection with the city, an artist and a designer turn an old Toronto storefront in Dundas West into a home and studio. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Converting a Commercial Storefront to a Home (and Studio!)
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traditional edwardian exterior

When a family couldn’t part with a traditional Edwardian, their architect introduced a world of design inspiration instead. Architect Drew Mandel mounted an interior fireplace in a blackened-steel frame which echoes the window and door treatment on the house’s new facade. Photo by Shai Gil.

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Originally appeared in Reinventing a Traditional Edwardian near Lake Ontario
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Modern kitchen with long countertop and oak cabinetry

For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in their home's renovation. Photo by Bob Gundu.

Originally appeared in Kitchen Solutions: Smart Storage Design
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tetris house exterior

When a client demanded a program that seemed impossible to fit in a 40’ by 110’ lot, especially if one tries to respect a tight zoning for an infill project in a city like Toronto, architect Reza Aliabadi decided to practice the challenges of “no leftover space” with a simple rule in mind: every inch is a usable inch. Photo by borXu Design.

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Originally appeared in Toronto's Tetris Inspired Home
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With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse. Photo by Christopher Wahl.

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Originally appeared in Play's the Thing
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Juli Daoust and John Baker of Mjolk

This Canadian duo searches out top Scandinavian and Japanese designs and brings their best finds back to this Toronto shop. Photo by Christopher Wahl. (Check out Dwell's upcoming March 2014 issue for a look at the owners' home, which is situated above the shop!)

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Originally appeared in Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto
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Outdoor light installation

A celestial light installation illuminates the garage door of a recently renovated Toronto house designed by architect Janna Levitt. Photo by Philip Cheung.

Originally appeared in Starry Night: Outdoor Wall Light Installation
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Designing an innovative house is a rite of passage for many young architects. But building in a city doesn’t always make experimentation easy; after all, neighbors have their own ideas about how a block is supposed to look. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

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Originally appeared in Inside Job
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Halllway interior with red cord ceiling light

Thanks to Levitt Goodman Architects, a dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look with a top-level remodel and some bright ideas

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Originally appeared in Lighting Up
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A rear view of the narrow house shows how Chong twisted the house’s volumes to bring daylight into each room.

Facing tight building codes and an even tighter space, Karen White and David MacNaughtan needed an architect who could turn lemons into lemonade. Donald Chong devised a refreshing solution. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in Narrow Modernist Three-Story Home in Toronto
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bookshelves, toronto, studio

Seeking more space and a connection with the city, an artist and a designer turn an old Toronto storefront in Dundas West into a home and studio. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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