Toronto-based design studio Bortolotto Design Architect have designed the Urban Ravine House. The contemporary property can be found in Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood, Canada.
According to the architects: “The original 1,600 square foot, darkly traditional, staid 2 1/2 storey house was designed without consideration of its breathtaking ravine site. Today, sits a 4,000 square foot, four-storey contemporary Canadian home that is oriented at all four levels to the natural beauty of the ravine to the south, with views to the city’s towers during the winter months and with views of a natural forest in the summer months. The house now has two faces, the traditional one facing the street and a modern one open to the ravine.
“The driving concept in the design of the contemporary Toronto house is to connect it to the outside world. At the rear of the house which faces south, the inside is connected to the rear yard ravine through views to the spectacular landscape, the city and sky, and through outdoor decks and steps that lead down the sloped forested yard. As well, natural light is introduced to the centre of the house from the roof to the ground floor through a continuous vertical opening of a glass and wood central staircase via a skylight.
“With design emphasis on openness and brightness, the fluidity of the contemporary Toronto property is reinforced by opening it up to natural light with glazing on the south side, the use of translucent walls and surfaces, and a double height space that serves the main living area; the family room. Overhangs at the south side are introduced to keep direct sunlight from entering through the glazing during summer months.”
Double Way-based Bruce Stafford Architects have designed the A House Vaucluse. This contemporary property can be found in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
According to the architects: “The contemporary Sydney home is situated on a narrow site with waterfront at one short end and parkland along the long northerly side. The prime design generator was to frame the various view opportunities from the moment one arrived off the street, by creating a range of different spaces, all connected to a central vertical and horizontal circulation spine on the long axis of the site. This resulted in a series of courtyards and volumetric experiences until arriving at the edge of the infinity pool.
“The courtyard and double volume living area allow other spaces to ‘borrow’ views by looking through them. The use of natural, textural finishes was core to the design brief as the clients wanted a warm, earthy aesthetic. Rich stone elements such as backlit Onyx and dry stacked quartz stone walls provide highlights in the material palette of this contemporary Australian home.
Darlington-based CplusC Architectural Workshop have designed the Castlecrag Residence. The contemporary property can be found in Sydney, Australia.
According to the architects: “At the Castlecrag Residence, a cellular and inward-looking mid-20th century brick bungalow has undergone a vast transformation.
“Clarity of planning places private bedroom spaces on the first floor and public living and social spaces on the ground floor. The Kitchen has become the pivotal room in the contemporary Australian house, connecting indoor living spaces and extending out to a double-volume outdoor living space that leads down to the garden. High level glazing allows northern light into the heart of the home, and through the double height stair hall to the entry.
“The contemporary Sydney property opens to a generous garden to the north while the neighbours on three sides are visually screened by a timber pavilion creating a peaceful oasis within a dense suburban context for the clients and their young family.
Fortitude Vally-based design studio Shaun Lockyer Architects has completed the Brown Street House. The contemporary property can be found in Brisbane, Australia.
According to the architects: “The contemporary Brisbane house is a reinterpretation of the Queenslander cottage. It reinvigorates the plan to offer alternatives to how spaces are used. The interplay and juxtaposition of the new and old is through material expression and form, and the cantilevered cottage is a deliberate subversion of the Queenslander paradigm and aims to recalibrate the perception of the house.
“Using the kitchen as a ‘node’ around which spaces are ordered, integration and balance between the indoor and outdoor domains is achieved. Access to north sun and light always shapes a great deal of the planning, and the manipulation of void and volume facilitate the transformed experience of the space.
“The idea of craft making, primarily through the use of timber detailing, is very important. The control of view and amenity through the manipulation of window openings and selective use of screening also plays a critical role in the contemporary Brisbane house.”
yo and Paris-based design studio Kengo Kuma and Associates have designed the Green Cast project. Completed in 2011, the small contemporary building is located in Odawara, Japan.
According to the architects: “The façade of the contemporary Japanese building is covered with planters made of aluminum die-cast panels, which provides space for facilities. The three (up to six) aluminum panels, which also form planters, are made in monoblock casting. Each panel is slanted, and its surface appears to be organic, of which cast comes from decayed styrene foam. Equipment such as watering hose, air reservoir for ventilation and downpipes are installed behind the panels so that the façade can accommodate a comprehensive system for the building.”