Alterations and additions can bring new life to many old buildings and upgrade the neighborhood’s appeal at the same time. Having won a 2014 design excellence award from the Ontario Association of Architects, this three-storey high modern home is located in mid-town Toronto residential neighborhood Moore Park. The modern Canadian residence showcases a defining flexibility created on the grounds on an existing home. Upgrading the neighborhood with an elusive elegance, the Moore Park Residence adapts to its environment through size, materials and creative design by Drew Mandel Architects (DMA).
On an area of 2.880 square feet, the floor-plan unveils a comfortable, flexible nature: ” The ground floor millwork detailing allows an extended table for large family gatherings; four desk areas found throughout the house allow for a variety of home office options; the basement is treated as prime, and not secondary space, in order to maximize the use of available space. The third floor is set back at the front and the rear in order to match existing massing on the street. The landscaping includes three separate areas of living roofs, whilst the third floor terraces offer views of the tree canopy surrounding the neighborhood.”
According to the architects remodeling the home, it represents “the first tear-down replacement on an established street that is characterized by a common model: 1920s-era single-family homes with mutual drives.” The before and after photos at the end will prove how this new and modern Canadian residence dramatically changed its function and appeal. As an inspiring infill house, it is “structured and animated by light and shadow by a board-formed concrete wall, large light well, transparent partitions, and interconnecting void spaces.” This home is a clear example of turning strict rules and regulations into inspiration rather than problems.
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