Canadian architecture firm +tongtong completed Zinc House, which blends contemporary style and the traditional home construction of Toronto’s East End.

On the exterior, for example, the design team layered zinc panels on a traditional brick base.  They also used large windows to break up the traditional look and bring natural light into the home.

Zinc continues into the interior with gray kitchen cabinetry and countertops.  Although the material looks contemporary done in clean lines with a skylight above, zinc kitchens actually date back to the 19th century.  According to an Architizer blog post, it is naturally antimicrobial, as well as mildew and mold resistant.

Gray furnishings in the adjacent dining space match the cooking area.  The addition of bright yellow lemons, however, echoes the gray and yellow color palette used in the home’s bathroom and bedroom.

Unlike downstairs, though, the bedroom’s yellow blanket is not the central focus of the room.  This space’s neutral colors center around a cool triangular window that +tongtong added in place of the original gable. [Photography by Lisa Petrole, and information courtesy of Design Milk and Architizer]