Richview Residence

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • For the Richview Residence, Studio AC was tasked with creating a concept that maintained an open layout while housing as much storage as possible for this growing family. The Richview project was a full interior renovation to re-imagine the function of a home from its 50 year old layout, broken up into small rooms, to its modern day counterpart, an open, functional and intimate layout.

    This project presented itself first as an essay in re-definition, in the sense that the existing layout remained essentially in-tact. The design challenge was how to open the spaces up and artfully choreograph movement between them. This was achieved by introducing a linear organizing element in the form of a ‘support spine’ that contains storage, structure, mechanical, plumbing…. heck even the kitchen sink! To allow movement across the plan, openings in this spine are marked with grand 12” wide white oak flooring that switches in orientation and runs up the walls and ceiling, celebrating that moment.

    The ‘support spine’ was also treated with a soft grey in contrast to the predominantly white walls to mark its presence in the space and act as a stoic backdrop for main living spaces. The kitchen island lives within a larger wood threshold inside the spine as well. We imagined this piece as a functional stone sculpture centered in the plan, acting a visual anchor and conversation piece.

    To create intimacy in the open plan, the living room is sunken to form a room that is visually connected to the dining area, but physically separated by an elevation change, creating an intimate space with a feeling of grandeur. To further emphasize the elevation change, a floor to ceiling rear window creates a connection to the backyard while bringing light deep into the plan.

    Once upstairs, Studio AC employed another idea of atypical threshold in the form of a long and narrow corridor leading to the master bedroom. The master bedroom opens up to the rear of the house with an expansive window that aligns with the floor to ceiling opening below. A 9’0 sliding door conceals the en suite that sees a long bench run along the entirety of the space to unify the bathroom. The shower bench extends as a support for a 12’ vanity and culminates as a shelf by the standing tub. The spine separating master bedroom from master bath houses a gas fireplace, linen storage and mechanical services, connecting the conceptual spatial divide of the main floor to the level two layout.

    With the exception of expansive windows on the rear elevation, the exterior of the project remained untouched – allowing the home to blend into the neighborhood while using the original arched doorway as a threshold into an unsuspecting modern interior.

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    Modern home with kitchen, quartzite counter, white cabinet, subway tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, light hardwood floor, refrigerator, and undermount sink. Photo  of Richview Residence
    Modern home with kitchen, white cabinet, subway tile backsplashe, quartzite counter, light hardwood floor, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, refrigerator, wall oven, and undermount sink. Photo 2 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with kitchen, quartzite counter, white cabinet, light hardwood floor, ceiling lighting, subway tile backsplashe, recessed lighting, undermount sink, and wall oven. Photo 3 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with living room, bench, chair, sofa, sectional, ottomans, light hardwood floor, ceiling lighting, console tables, corner fireplace, and two-sided fireplace. Photo 4 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with dining room, bench, table, pendant lighting, chair, ceiling lighting, and light hardwood floor. Photo 5 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with kitchen, quartzite counter, white cabinet, light hardwood floor, subway tile backsplashe, refrigerator, recessed lighting, and ceiling lighting. Photo 6 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with living room, recessed lighting, wood burning fireplace, ceiling lighting, and light hardwood floor. Photo 7 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with kitchen, quartzite counter, light hardwood floor, white cabinet, subway tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, undermount sink, and refrigerator. Photo 8 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with bedroom, ceiling lighting, lamps, bed, and light hardwood floor. Photo 9 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with bath room, engineered quartz counter, undermount sink, freestanding tub, stone tile wall, light hardwood floor, open shower, and ceiling lighting. Photo 10 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with bath room, engineered quartz counter, light hardwood floor, undermount sink, freestanding tub, open shower, and ceiling lighting. Photo 11 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with bath room, engineered quartz counter, light hardwood floor, freestanding tub, undermount sink, open shower, ceiling lighting, and soaking tub. Photo 12 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with bath room, engineered quartz counter, light hardwood floor, freestanding tub, undermount sink, open shower, ceiling lighting, and stone tile wall. Photo 13 of Richview Residence
    Modern home with bath room, engineered quartz counter, undermount sink, light hardwood floor, freestanding tub, ceiling lighting, open shower, stone tile wall, and soaking tub. Photo 14 of Richview Residence