June 2, 2014
by Canadian Architect
The 2014 Toronto Modern Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 2014 and gives people a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own city via a self-guided driving tour. Hours of the tour are 11:00am to 5:00pm.
So far, six homes have been accepted and have been confirmed for the tour; the final lineup will consist of up to eight architecturally progressive and contemporary homes that exemplify modern living in and around the Toronto area, including:
• Artist Charles Pachter’s home, studio, and galleries — Pachter Hall and Moose Factory — in Toronto’s Chinatown district. The home and studio buildings were designed by Teeple Architects and built in 2005, and have won an Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence, a Plachta Award, and a Design Exchange Award.
• The Driveway House, designed by Spaces by Rohan, is a small home in Little Portugal built entirely in a space that was previously a driveway for two cars that features radiant-heated floors, interior walls of glass, a rooftop cedar deck/patio, and 95% LED-based lighting inside.
• A new three-storey single-family house designed by Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited is built on a typical long and narrow Victorian lot near Dovercourt Park, and presents a solid and stately front façade utilizing traditional Toronto red masonry while possessing a surprisingly light and airy interior.
• LineBox Studio has designed a modern renovation and addition to an existing residence in Swansea that was originally built in the 1920s. The project focuses on maintaining a balance between old and new while adopting sustainable strategies in its update.
• One of Toronto’s Tiny Town mini-homes (just 566 square feet), also designed by LineBox Studio, embodies a hard-loft style with an industrial aesthetic and flexible floor plan, creating an open and spacious feel despite the small footprint.
• The Linear House in an East York neighbourhood is designed by Nano Design Build Inc., and is considered to be the epitome of super-modern geometric linear design, featuring continuous clean lines that define the space throughout, creating harmony, flow and balance.
In addition to the homes featured on the tour, attendees can visit the tour’s designated “rest stop” – the STACKLAB showroom (http://stacklab.ca), a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design and fabrication studio led by Jeff Forrest. Complimentary refreshments will be served and tour participants can browse some astounding examples of modern furniture.
Art City in St. James Town (http://artcitytoronto.ca/v2) has joined the tour as the local non-profit partner. They will help staff the event and use the tour as a fundraising vehicle.
Tickets are $30 US in advance, and $40 US the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets enable access to all homes on the tour.
E-mail Ken Shallcross at [email protected] to be entered in a free ticket giveaway!
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://modernhometours.com/event/toronto.
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