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Old Posted Oct 22, 2014, 4:06 PM
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monkeyronin: SO BEAUTIFUL.

RTA: I think the intentions behind the AGA are OK, but somehow it comes across as a poor man's Gehry.
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Tower Home Rises in Downtown Toronto

Aiming high, a Canadian couple builds a 5-floor residence on a compact, neglected urban plot

Andrew Snow


When passersby looked at a small, overgrown lot in downtown Toronto, most just saw a dilapidated shed. But Julie Dyck saw sky-high potential. Dyck lived nearby and often fantasized about the neglected parcel. In 2004 she and her partner, Michael Humphries, took the plunge and purchased the lot for a modest $50,000 Canadian (about U.S.$47,270). They enlisted their friend, high-rise architect Drew Hauser, now a principal at McCallum Sather Architects, to design a house for the 625-square-foot site and spent the next several years nurturing one of Toronto’s most imaginative infill houses.

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Who lives here: Julie Dyck and Michael Humphries
Location: Corktown, Toronto
Size: 2,000 square feet; 5 floors including garage; 1 bedroom, 2 studios and 3 bathrooms
Year built: 2011

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A modern home for someone more used to museums

SUSAN SMITH
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 11 2014, 12:25 PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Sep. 11 2014, 12:28 PM EDT


Alexandra Palmer’s new space is a stone’s throw from her old Edwardian home in Toronto’s West End. But it’s a century away in terms of design.

Ms. Palmer, a senior curator at the Royal Ontario Museum who works with textiles and fashion, loved the venerable wood-filled Edwardian and appreciated its heritage detail. But it had a lot of underutilized space, like the dining room and the long hallways. The rooms were all enclosed, separate units, as was typical of the style.

It was time for something open and energy-efficient, a home she could help create from the ground up to suit the way she lives. “I wanted a modern house,” she says, sitting at the table in the light-filled kitchen/dining area at the front of her new home. “I like the design process. It’s problem-solving and it’s fun.”

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That first one is perfection. That sort of thing would work so well here to fill-in around the edges of the rowhouse districts. It's the perfect scale and shape.

Sure does waste a lot of space on stairs, though.

The second one confused me for a second. For a moment I thought TO had houses like ours built into hills - where it's two floors street side and 3-4 floors by the time to get downhill to the back of it. That's another one that would work quite well here. I wish we'd do more like this. No in the heritage area, but around it.

We are filling those areas in and transitioning them to something closer to DT than the suburbs, but only with faux historic buildings.
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Waterside Centre (Downtown):


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Advanced Research Complex at uOttawa, home of Canada's only accelerator mass spectrometer.



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Thorncrest House by Altius Architecture

This is my dream house.

Thanks very much for posting all of those pics.
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Halifax seems to build at a quality equal to Toronto or Montreal.
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Bridgepoint Hospital
Architect: KPMB
Completed: 2013


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Hive Lofts
Architect: Teeple
Completed: 2014


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Fort York Library
Architect: KPMB
Completed: 2014


Fort York Bathurst Library
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West Don Lands TCHC Buildings
Architect: Core
Completed: 2014


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River City Phase 1
Architect: Gilles Saucier & Andre Perrotte
Completed: 2014


http://www.torontocondoboutique.com/2014-pug-awards-2/


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Markham Pan-Am Centre
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Bridgepoint Hospital would look great in more of an urban canyon. It's fine where it is, but something about that style... it would look great as filler between taller buildings.

Hive Lofts is gorgeous but... they've done something, I can't put my finger on it, that gives me a suburban vibe.

I love, love, love River City. It looks fantastic even without its cool interaction with the street and surrounding area.
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Hive Lofts is gorgeous but... they've done something, I can't put my finger on it, that gives me a suburban vibe.
My guesses are that blank concrete wall and the lack of signage?

The picture also makes it look like it fronts onto a parking lot, but I think it's just a weird perspective of the intersection.
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Yeah, I think you're right that a sign there would work wonders.

Even a bit of colour - like the red balconies on that HFX one. That looks fantastic.
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Hive Lofts is gorgeous but... they've done something, I can't put my finger on it, that gives me a suburban vibe.
It's in a basically (inner) suburban neighborhood along the Queensway. They are attempting to "densify" the neighborhood, at least along the road but they'd really need to narrow the Queensway to make that area feel more urban.
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Halifax seems to build at a quality equal to Toronto or Montreal.
We're definitely getting there, and the quality levels have enormously improved in the past five or so years. But it's still kind've a 50-50 split in the inner city between quality and tacky. There are a few projects going up right now I'm really excited about, but a lot of others that I wish would go back to the drawing board.

But all Canadian cities seem to be rapidly improving—those West Donlands buildings in Toronto are perfect mid-rise development. Especially the first one posted, at King and River Streets.
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This thread is making me think we spend too much time looking at skyscrapers. Heresy, I know.
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I agree, mid-rises seem to be were the real high quality architects and cladding are used.
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