Project Year: 2018-2019
Status: In Progress
Location: Toronto, Canada
‘Gable House’ is a semi-detached duplex in Toronto, with a typical configuration of three above-ground storeys dedicated to the primary owners, and a generous basement apartment below.
On the exterior, ‘Gable House’ is an exploration of contextualization; how can infill housing in Toronto generate a dialogue, a tension, a sense of belonging with its century-old neighbours while still maintaining a contemporary architectural language? As an attempt to do this, the volume of the building respects and reinterprets the underlying geometry of the existing structure and its adjacent buildings, while the brick veneer takes a contemporary twist on traditional coursework methods to add depth in a way which plays off of the protrusions of neighbouring houses.
The resulting interior then presents the opportunity to increase a sense of weight and intimacy for the home. While the more public, active spaces are pushed to the back to an open, bright, double-height space, the spaces of rest and concentration are treated with rich wood paneling and indirect sunlight, with skylights carved out of the otherwise lost space underneath the sloped roof.
The result is a home which is sensitively thought externally towards its context, and internally towards the actual activities and moods of those who cook, dine, study, entertain, and sleep there.