Skygarden House

Toronto, Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015
  • Square Feet
  • 2420
  • This project page was created by community member DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design

    Situated on a narrow lot in an older Toronto neighborhood, the c provides outdoor living spaces on multiple levels to address the owners’ desire for a better connection to the home’s natural surroundings. The owners used to spend their weekends at a home in the country, located next to a stream and surrounded by trees. For their new urban home, they wanted to emulate this bucolic experience and satisfy their deep connection to nature.

    Although the new house is only 2,420 square feet, it feels much larger—its rooms expand beyond the interior of the house to a series of highly useable outdoor spaces that enrich the domestic c experience, each with its own unique character and varying level of privacy. The rear yard is landscaped and features a generously scaled thermally treated ash wood deck, and a few steps down, another zone defined by granite pavers is planted with a row of honey locust trees that offer dappled light and shade in summer. The plant material was selected to provide visual interest year round. Even the existing porch at the front of the house is remade into a private outdoor dining room enclosed by a five-foot-high wood screen, extending the private realm into the public arena.

    Working with the existing footprint of a century-old fully detached house in the city’s midtown neighborhood, only the two side exterior walls of the original building were retained. Referencing the traditional domestic scale and form of its neighbors, the Skygarden House presents a fresh and graphic interpretation of the traditional pitched roof with a sublimely clean elevation. Planes of floor-to-ceiling glass, comprised of a combination of windows, doors and spandrel panels, frame views to the exterior, bringing natural light and the experience of the changing seasons into the interior; they imbue each of the rooms in the house with a unique spatial quality; and they create ever-important access to outdoor spaces on both lower and upper levels.

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    DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design
    DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary design studio recognized for creating innovative and environmentally responsible design solutions that are timeless and uniquely designed for each client and context. Founded by architect Heather Dubbeldam, the studio has grown to include a team of architects and designers from different backgrounds and disciplines. The studio’s design process is characterized by teamwork and intensive collaborative exchange, resulting in projects that reveal a conceptual clarity and are crafted with a meticulous attention to detail. Completed and current projects range from the design of single and multi- family housing, to commercial and institutional renovations, and includes landscape, furniture and installation design. Each project is considered on a macro and micro scale, from the full extent of the site to the fine details on the interior. Our multidisciplinary approach considers every element as an integrated whole, ensuring that design activates every aspect of the final product. This generates built work that is both functional and elegant, simple without being austere, and designed with a heightened awareness of circulation, materiality and the integration of natural light. As a result, the studio has received numerous awards for design excellence and wide recognition in national and international publications. Our projects are carefully developed and thoughtfully executed with integrity, passion and perseverance; they are the product of a design process that reflects our commitment to sustainable design, allowing the studio to continually produce energy efficient, healthy environments for live, work, and play.
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