Manitou Lodge is a modern cottage retreat conceived for a family that loves to entertain, cook, and eat by Prototype Design Lab, located at Lake Manitou, Ontario, Canada. The brief was to plan for a lifestyle based around the kitchen — the centerpiece of the home.
Description of the project from the architects: They enjoy sharing their cooking passion and don’t want to be isolated from all the activity. For them, the kitchen is the communal area where experimentation and conversation about, and it’s for this reason that the kitchen became the center of our design focus. We knew that this space had to be functional, but incredible.
The kitchen starts out like a restaurant kitchen, with durable, stainless steel surfaces, but is designed to be warm and eclectic with a great mix of modern & vintage fixtures; pendant lamps, floating shelves and stunning blackened steel-framed chalkboard panels acting as cabinet doors.
Then there are some really warm elements such as a reclaimed barn wood wall and ceiling feature, marble counter tops, glass shelving and salvaged beam table. The palette of the space suggest vintage, contemporary and industrial all at the same time!
Photos: Sergio Sabag
This partly 2 storey home was designed to accommodate an extended family of eight on a relatively modest site within a dense urban context. A bedroom for each of the four children, one for the parents and another possibly for grandparents, generous living spaces and a swimming pool were key to the brief.
Situated in a relatively intact heritage streetscape in Balaclava the project required an approach that restored the street presence of the original Victorian weatherboard, badly disfigured over time and added the spaces required by the family.
The strategy was to divide the house into two discreet buildings, old and new, separated by a large central courtyard and reconnected by a glazed link. The courtyard with its pool, gives the new building its northern aspect and is conceived as an extension of the communal spaces of the home which surround it on three sides. It also bestows the old building a formal autonomy.
The original building fabric was stripped back to its salvageable elements and the footprint reduced to form a seemingly freestanding cottage at the front of the site. The exterior was then carefully restored to its original Victorian character.
Internally spaces of the old house were reconfigured to become an office, library/living room and guest bedroom. The volume of the original structure was exploited in the new layout to create a grand living space.
A new two storey timber clad building was constructed at the rear of the property facing the old cottage across the courtyard and pool. Its angular form, commenced as a response to planning constraints, evolved into a subtle geometry that shaped the envelope and influenced the plan of both buildings.
The family’s bedrooms are accommodated upstairs. At ground floor an irregular open plan of living space flows around large kernels of service space. A glazed link with built in daybed borders the pool exploiting the morning sun.
The original entry was eschewed for a new access sequence leading from the street, down the eastern side of the original house and into the central courtyard. At this point, one is embraced by the home. Full height glazing to three sides allows views into all parts of the ground floor. Entry to the home is via the solid “front” door into the new building.
Should weather permit, glazed panels slide away to open the house out completely, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces. Travertine unifies the floor plane, internally and externally. Timber is celebrated in the beautifully crafted cladding and interior panelling.
This is not a big house. Considered planning and the integration of indoor and outdoor achieve a generosity and variety of communal spaces for the family at odds with the actual size of the building. Private areas are restrained and humble. It is an urban home that functions successfully for a multi-generational family and its evolving needs.
Photos: Peter Clarke
The front pavilion includes the entry, living spaces, formal dining and kitchen, with the rear pavilion including the bedrooms, additional living space and the laundry.
Photos: Courtesy of Darren Campbell Architect
Darren Campbell Architect is a client focused architectural practice active in design of new homes, residential alterations and additions, smaller multi-residential developments and smaller commercial and interior projects. The practice offers full architectural services, designing and administering projects from concept through the planning and construction approval stages to completion.
DCA engages in a collaborative way with clients and is passionate about delivering houses that are individual and distinctive. He believes his client is the most important factor in a project and during the design process his client desires are invited and respected. During the project Darren presents solutions which are appropriate, contextual and deliver value. This requires an understanding of the client’s current needs while offering flexibility and adaptability as their lifestyle evolves.
Mount Pleasant is a striking home conversion of two connected buildings with a primary focus on music and entertainment by Roundabout Studio, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Completed in September 2014, this fabulous contemporary residence is comprised of 5,480 square feet of living space.
For more than half a century this site was home to Cruickshank’s, a neighbourhood fixture and much-loved flower bulb distributor. Sadly, Cruickshank’s closed in 2001 and vacated the building. A few owners later, a local music enthusiast purchased it, seeing it as an opportunity to revive the site, creating an exciting house with a meaningful presence on the street. In 2012 he commissioned Roundabout Studio to convert the two connected yet disparate buildings into a single cohesive new home with a focus on music and entertainment.
Located directly on a busy Toronto thoroughfare, the house provides shelter from the street, with only a few, carefully placed windows. A long hallway leads to the protected interior foyer, where the home opens up to the sky with a quiet, light-filled interior that belies the building’s location. The main spaces are organized around an interior courtyard and a series of large-scale skylights that help to stream sun into the depths of the building, while retaining a great amount of privacy.
To accommodate large-scale events, the public zone consists of an open plan kitchen and dining room, living room, interior courtyard and a double height performance area, located in the heart of the building. The individual spaces all look upon each other in multiple ways, offering the building a reflexive quality. Depending on how these spaces are utilized, the home feels equally suited for one person or one hundred.
Located above the former cold storage room, the interior courtyard contains a 16′ tall Cor-ten steel light feature that references the building’s former life as a bulb warehouse. The back-lit perforations reveal a group of super sized tulips, a nod to Cruickshank’s reputation for high-quality and interesting tulip bulbs. Facing the street, the perforated window screens are all small sections of the larger pattern, offering an abstract, fragmented glimpse of the feature inside.
Restored to prominence in the neighbourhood, the revitalizing overhaul ensures that the building will remain a proud part of the Toronto streetscape for many years to come.
Photos: Andrew Snow
Sandringham Residence is a family cottage addition by Techne Architecture in collaboration with Doherty Design Studio, located in Sandringham, a bayside suburb of Auckland City, New Zealand. read more
Hasenacher is an incredibly beautiful single family private residence that has been designed by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, located in Zurich, Switzerland. It is a place filled with memory. Historical memories of a different time abound, memories of a different purpose, memories of Hasenacher’s beginnings, memories of children laughing, swimming, growing up and having children of their own. Preserving those memories as footprints in time served as the foundation on which reimagining this house and preserving its sense of place in time transpired.
Description of the project from the architects: That times changes is certain. Every generation brings its own concerns, desires, intentions and aspirations to the places it occupies. So it is with the buildings in which we live. Not all are so fortunate as to be able to shape their environment to these changes and so express their vision, their hopes, and their recollection of memory of place. Given the opportunity to do so, Hasenacher is not a re-creation; it is a conception of the delight in the memories of past and a history known only through the remembrances of others.
Iconic in its siting, it occupies its original location and footprint, and seeks an enhanced place in the lives of its current stewards. Sitting at the edge of a forest, atop a moraine, the house is at the center of the arc of the sun, farm fields unchanged for centuries sloping away to a vista of the lake, the lake nestled at the base of the distant hills, the hills yielding to the majesty of the snow capped mountains in the distance. Time seems irrelevant and one’s memory is encapsulated in a continuum of the millennia to the present.
Hasenacher, the house, is flexible, accommodating to the changing times, a testament to its early Architecture. Hasenacher, the place, is steadfast, replete with the memories collected over the centuries.
That one can live there and partner in its subtle evolution is a privilege and life affirming.
Photos: Matthew Carbone
Mountain Wood Residence is comprised of separate buildings arranged to create a variety of indoor outdoor spaces designed by Walker Warner Architects, located in the small rural town of Woodside, California. The home embodies the San Francisco firm’s belief that architecture should be expressive, timeless, and always united with the natural beauty of the site. The beautiful interiors were designed by interior design firm Shawback Design Associates.
Description from the architects: To create a variety of complementary indoor and outdoor living experiences, the architects arranged three zinc-roofed structures—a main house, an office, and a barn—around a loose central courtyard. The fourth structure—a pool house—comprises a row of three pavilions, constructed of the same understated material palette of wood, stone, glass and steel, as the main buildings.
The rustic stone barn, reminiscent of a beautiful ruin that has long stood on the land, stands at the front of the property, acting as a visual threshold and symbol of the updated rural vernacular.
An open passageway through the barn creates a dramatic frame of the entry facade of the main residence, which is contrastingly contemporary with its exposed steel and large expanses of glass.
At sundown, the house appears like a jewel box in the woods. Having completed other projects in Woodside and similarly picturesque locations, Walker Warner knows properly framing these views is crucial to properly contextualizing the building.
A material palette of stone and western red cedar is contrasted by contemporary elements of exposed steel, and large expanses of glass.
Walker Warner drew from the rustic surroundings and determined appropriate lines and forms for this particular landscape that spoke to their client’s vision, all the while incorporating the highest levels of quality, integrity and craftsmanship.
The result is an artful, tranquil home with a respectful nod to the regional agrarian compounds and iconic forms that came before.
Photos: Matthew Millman
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