Hi, how are you? Today, Modern Home Decor have one of the best projects in Canada. How to Convert an Industrial Shed to a Single Family Home.
Here is the story: the 18ft x 40ft lot is reduced at grade to 10ft x 38ft by a right of way; the shed sits on the property line on the two remaining sides. As a result there was no usable outdoor space at grade, and zoning wouldn’t allow for any additional openings in the exterior walls. It looks very cool with a great modern decoration.
The design strategy revolved around drawing additional light, air and views from above. A light shaft topped by skylights runs the length of the west wall and brings light to the ground and second ﬂ oors; operable vents in the sky-light create the stack effect that passively ventilates the house. From the second ﬂoor courtyard, with its primary view to the sky, there is a stair up to a roof garden and terrace; rainwater from the roof is collected in a cistern below. This idea is awesome to get the sensation of a bigger space than it is, and at the same time is very unique for a modern house in Toronto.
The building’s existing rusted steel cladding was removed, brake-formed with a ﬂat-lock seam, and re-installed as the primary building skin. Flat black-painted knotty cedar and marine grade plywood clads the remainder of the building. Existing structural members were retained where possible, and an existing sliding steel door was salvaged for reuse.
Architects: superkül inc
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Principals: Andre D’Elia and Meg Graham
Project Architect: Drew Sinclair
Construction Manager: Boszko and Verity Inc
Structural Engineer: Robert E. Brown Associates
Mechanical Engineer: GPY + Associates Engineering Inc
Constructed Area: 75 sqm
Photographs: Tom Arban Photography / Lorne Bridgman
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