Located in Toronto’s Beach area, this small 3-storey semi-detached house was divided into separate apartments and deficient in natural light. Only 13 feet across at it’s widest point, the project challenge was to return the house to a single family residence, enhance natural light, and expand the living space without increasing the footprint of the house. The design solution abandons conventional rooms for open spaces divided by transitional elements, provides a unifying material palette, and draws natural light deep into the house. On the ground floor, an open plan is delineated by a new central open-riser stair, transparent acrylic screens, and built-in furniture, many of which facilitate the transmission of light. The stair and clear partitions, paired with a generous overhead skylight, cut through and illuminate the centre of the house.
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