Renovations to this existing 2,000-square foot live-work building in downtown Toronto involved an interior renovation, and new cladding concepts for the exterior façades. This concept creates a more inviting entry that distinguishes the office entrance from the residential entrance, with an interior door that connects the owners’ Victorian house with the modern tower. The interior renovation includes updated finishes, colours, and a revamped kitchen and interior details.
For the exterior façade, a new palette of warmer, tactile materials was used including a light-coloured skin, metal window accents and cedar cladding—each working together to lighten the overall massing of the upper portion of the building while providing a new natural base and connection to the heritage house.
The original addition was built by Ferguson Ferguson in the 1990s, with PLANT partner Chris Pommer working as one of the team’s design members. The original house was awarded an OAA Award of Excellence in 1991/92.