In rebuilding a family home as an infill on a Toronto street, Drew Mandel sought to harmonize the structure with its surroundings, and make it a warm, light-filled haven for the owners. A board-formed concrete wall frames the backyard, capping views out through the expansive southern glazing, while transparent interior walls usher natural light into all corners of the three-storey space. Among the boldest moves: a built-in fireplace that spans a wall, and floors finished half in oak and half in polished concrete.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Firm: Drew Mandel Architects, Toronto
Team: Drew Mandel and Jowenne Poon with Jasmine Maggs and Rachel Tameirao