Location: Long Branch, Etobicoke, Ontario
Cost: $1.2 Million
Floor: 2 Storeys + B
Area: 3790 sqft
Design Period: Winter 2015
Concept: An elongated and compact home for a new family, the BI House sits on a long and narrow site adjacent to a decommissioned laneway. The building, a simply sculpted wood volume on a staggered brick podium, is purposely introvert, operating as a mise en scène that stages the limited views to lake Ontario while composing scenes of the surrounding context.
A central circulation axis divides and shifts the building volumes organizing the rooms. Inside, window locations take advantage of views that are desirable and solid walls block those that are not. A two-story living room occupies the back, where the windows open views to the sky and backyard.
Services: It was critical for the client to maximize the size of the home while respecting the city of Toronto zoning by-laws. The collaborative solution was to enlarge the perception of the projects footprint without increasing the by-laws permitted gross floor area.