This stunning house in Toronto uses white walls to showcase a contemporary art collection
A Damien Hirst painting and a living moss wall are just two wow features in this organic-meets-modern house in Toronto
A three-storey house in Toronto, Canada. The basement of this modern home has two guest bedrooms and a WC, wine cellar, recreation room, home cinema, home office and gym. On the ground floor, there’s an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, as well as a bamboo garden, family room, formal dining room, guest suite, laundry room, storage space and garage. The first floor has three en-suite bedrooms, a library and a master bedroom suite with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area. Plus, there’s a pool outside.
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The brief for this home designed by architect, Brenda Izen, for Antonio Tadrissi and his family, was to create a contemporary home that feels warm and inviting and that will grow and adapt as their young daughters get older.
Brenda works for Prototype Design Lab in Toronto, Antonio’s architectural and design firm, which specialises in high-end private homes as well as commercial spaces.
The Toronto setting and the family’s love of nature played a big role in the design. In the heart of the house, a lush indoor garden almost screens a Damien Hirst painting. The bamboo will eventually soar through the double-heightspace.
The house is constructed from three different blocks, each with an exterior cladding that reflects what goes on between its walls – natural wood cladding for the entertaining area; utilitarian white quartz for the garage, laundry and other functional areas
A colourful sofa is the perfect place to watch TV. The wood panelled wall is repeated upstairs in the walk-in dressing room.
The surfaces inside the house are carefully chosen – black onyx to reflect the rugged landscape outside; strong-grained eucalyptus wood in the kitchen to add drama and a touch of the exotic; plus acres of white walls to showcase the owners’ collection of contemporary art. It was important to use natural materials such as wood and stone to connect with the view outside.
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Family meals are eaten in the open-plan space above.
Handleless eucalyptus wood units and a living moss wall bring verdant rainforest styling to the kitchen.
It was important to have big walls for Antonio's art collection. The low-level sofa is chic but comfortable – perfect for a family that loves to have guests over regularly.
The family home is peppered with quirky artwork.
The integrated bed and storage was designed to give a feeling of “his and hers”, with two different colours anda delicate flower motif etched intothe surface. Concealed behind the wall of cupboards is a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room.
sitting area in the master bedroom
This herringbone wall divides the sitting area from the bedroom beyond. The idea was to make the house feel cosy, yet cool, which is why this double- aspect fireplace works so well.
An oversized upholstered headboard creates a feeling of comfort in the room belonging to the family’s youngest member. Each of the girls’ bedrooms is virtually identical, so there are no arguments about who has the biggest.
guest en suite
The tiles were originally planned for the main bathroom, but it was decided the owners might get tired of the look too quickly. Instead, they were installed in the guest en suite, so there is a real “wow factor” when they’re seen for the first time.
See more of Brenda’s work at pdlab.ca
Photography / Matthew Williams
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