This project is a 350-sf two-storey addition to a 1907 brick house in Toronto’s Annex, now conceived as an intricate live-in cabinet for art, view and repose. The home was originally built by the owner of a lumberyard and was lived in by his family until the 1970s. The interior was exceptionally well crafted; however, typical of these types of houses, the connection to the garden was poor, the central living room dark, and in this case, the entry to the basement apartment was located in the middle of the rear façade. The owners desired a new, light space that would replace an aging sunroom at the ground floor and carry through to the second floor. Due to the location of the apartment access, the kitchen and sunroom were connected only by the living room, making for an awkward traffic pattern. Our solution was to create a tall sunroom space repeated on two floors, with an interior bridge at the ground level and an exterior bridge on the second level that wraps over the existing kitchen addition to integrate the existing brick form and exterior entry to the basement. Clad in cedar towards the garden, black brick towards the neighbouring property and trimmed with copper, the exterior presents a thick enveloping frame that runs the height of the addition, across the width of the building, returning down to the top of the kitchen – literally bookending the building. At the interior, this frame is rendered as a Douglas fir bookshelf and display unit that is repeated on each floor, including the second-floor deck. These bookshelves showcase a collection of sculpture, small art objects and books.

View of the north facade (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
View of rear addition
View to the garden (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
Ground floor view to the garden
View to the garden (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
View through the proscenium to the garden
View out the window (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
View to the deck from the sunroom
View of the sunroom (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The sunroom
View of the upstairs deck (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
View of the upstairs deck
The corner of the house hovers over the garden (photo: Peter Legris Photography)
The corner of the house hovers over the garden

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Residence
  4. Albany Avenue Residence
  5. Aporia Records
  6. Asphalt Poetry
  7. – Poem
  8. Baby Point Gardens
  9. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  10. Beaty Residence
  11. Bennington Heights Garden
  12. Berkeley Street Residence
  13. Bin-Scarth Garden
  14. Blink and you miss it.
  15. – Poem
  16. Blue Note
  17. Booth Avenue Residence
  18. Boustrophedon Garden
  19. Braemore Gardens Residence
  20. Browning Avenue Residence
  21. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  22. Camp Arowhon Offices
  23. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  24. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  25. Chocolate Loft
  26. City Instrument
  27. Clarendon Garden
  28. Conversation Piece
  29. Creemore Farm
  30. Danforth Mosaic BIA
  31. Dickson Park Garden
  32. Dilworth Residence
  33. Don Landing Revitalization
  34. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  35. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  36. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  37. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  38. Elizabeth Fry Society
  39. Ellsworth Residence
  40. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  41. First Avenue Garden
  42. Foote’s Pond Wood
  43. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  44. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  45. Goldring Landscape
  46. Gormley Garden
  47. Greener P
  48. Greer Road Garden
  49. Greer Road Residence
  50. Guelph Bridge
  51. Head in the Clouds
  52. Junction Craft Brewery
  53. Kelpies Competition
  54. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  55. Le jardin du repos
  56. Lenticular Curtain
  57. Liza’s Garden
  58. Lynwood Garden
  59. Macroscape
  60. Markham Garden One
  61. Markham Street Residence Two
  62. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  63. Nathan Phillips Square
  64. – Streetscape
  65. – Peace Garden
  66. – Podium Roof Garden
  67. Orchard View Garden
  68. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  69. Owl Cottage
  70. Paperstone Scissors
  71. Peripheral Sitings
  72. Pottery Road Crossing
  73. rare
  74. Ravine Forecourt
  75. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  76. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  77. Roxborough Garden One
  78. Roxborough Garden Two
  79. Sheridan College
  80. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  81. Spadina Quay Wetland
  82. Stratford Market Square Competition
  83. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  84. Superlegible
  85. Sweet Farm
  86. Sweet Farm Pond House
  87. The Meadows Reconsidered
  88. The Red Sash
  89. Thick & Thin
  90. Tipping Point
  91. Tranby Garden
  92. Tree House Residence
  93. UTM Welcome Landscape
  94. Venice Biennale 2012
  95. Vermont Square Park
  96. Vernon Avenue Garden
  97. Walmer Road Residence
  98. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  99. Wells Street Residence
  100. Westminster Residence
  101. With Words as Their Actions
  102. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  103. Woven Stories
  104. York Park