Leaside House

This Toronto home by Altius Architecture addresses the needs of a family of five and their guests, while incorporating barrier-free design principles as well as a distinct aesthetic appeal.

  • area / size 3,200 sqft
  • Location Toronto, Canada,
  • Type House,
  • The house is located in Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood, surrounded by traditional brick bay-and-gable houses. The desire to subtly integrate the building into the existing streetscape resulted in the selection of traditional building materials such as brick and wood; the contemporary design was emphasized with distinctive grey zinc cladding used as an accent material.

    While planning for wheelchair access was a fundamental part of the design process, the creation of a comfortable family home was the ultimate goal. Efficient, clean design and simple, modern spaces are main features of this 3,200 square foot house. Generous entry hall extends into bright two-storey high dining room space while at the rear, the main living quarters continue seamlessly into the backyard with large window and door openings.

    Special attention was given to backyard area featuring spacious patio, large pool and spa. Particular attention was paid to natural daylight exposure at the basement walk-out, easing its transition to grade via terraced green wall. Shading is provided by deep roof overhangs and cantilevered volumes.

    Design: Altius Architecture
    Photography: courtesy of Altius Architecture