Queen East Lofts
Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)
Phase I of Allenbury Gardens is nearing completion and occupancy. The complex will consist of a mix of two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom units which share park areas with condominiums. The complex delivers community-oriented, sustainable, low-rise housing for Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) residents.
Units were designed to accommodate various family sizes and to provide very efficient layouts, maximum space for storage, as well as visual and physical access to green spaces. Like Phase II of the project, the close proximity to recreational and commertical amenities will make Allenbury Gardens a great location for incoming residents.
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Our renovation to this 1890’s house opens the plan and section to create smoothly related living areas, a better relation to the garden and dynamic qualities of sunlight and view.
A rich palette of materials including steel, glass and walnut play on natural light to enrich the living spaces.
This summer cottage is located on a First Nations island in Georgian Bay near Penetanguishene. The buildings are framed in spruce and clad in pine and were constructed entirely by local native carpenters.
A fragile layer of topsoil covers most of the island, supporting a mixed hardwood forest of birch, beech and maple trees. Ancient sand dunes below the surface have produced a widely varied topography that slopes gently toward a spectacular sandy beach.
A high ridge of land running the length of the cottage site establishes a strong natural orientation for building and movement through the landscape. The path up from the beach winds into a passage between two small buildings: A long, protective sleeping building is connected to a wide open kitchen building by a raised deck open overlooking the forest canopy.
The sleeping building affords quiet and privacy. The open kitchen and living building provides a focal point for family and visiting friends. More often than not the space between is filled with rushing children scrambling over the deck and stairs and then back into the forest.
Avonhurst is a 2,000 sf home on a large scenic lot in Etobicoke with four yards. Specific interior walls, foundation walls, and basement spaces were preserved, and a new master addition was added to the south of the home.
V+A created a sense of enclosure on the site while providing diagonal views through the site to expose landscape elements. Site lines between the entrance, through the dinning room, to the lush backyard were preserved. The relationship between interior and exterior was further highlighted through openings: windows and doors strategically placed throughout the home.
Materials were used in their natural state where possible. IPE (ironwood) was used both inside and outside the home to showcase a consistent character and material palette throughout.