A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape

Drew Mandel Architects was faced with the tough task of ensuring a completely new design fits within a historical context when designing Moore Park Residence in Toronto. Moore Park Residence marks the first tear-down replacement on a street that mainly includes 1920s-era single-family homes, so the challenge was to integrate the home into the existing streetscape.

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

The design process involved lengthy discussions with the owner, neighbors, community design review groups, and city officials to ensure the design met the neighborhood’s standards.

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

Though the home’s exterior was required to reflect many ideals of the original homes on the block, the interior reflects a much more modern aesthetic. The master bedroom, for example, features clean wood flooring, stark white walls and a massive window that mimics the shape of the home’s A-frame topper.

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

The kitchen’s appliances and fixtures are kept all white to create a clean surface that blends into the white walls and ceiling overhang, while the living room highlights warmer accents like wood floors and a fireplace. The dining room is arguably the warmest room of all due to its tonal wood floors and wood walls with alcoves for books and art.

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

The space offers plenty of hidden nooks to sit and reflect in.

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

The third floor is set back at the front and rear, which creates space for green moments like roof terraces. An exterior board-formed concrete wall ups the privacy while still allowing light to reach all three levels.

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

A Modern Toronto Residence That Blends Into Its 1920s-Era Streetscape Best Children's Lighting & Home Decor Online Store

Photos by Ben Rahn.

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