Dunvegan Residence

Location Toronto, Ontario
Status Completed 1997
Size 4,500 sq.ft / 420 m²
Partner Siamak Hariri

The Dunvegan Residence, a private dwelling in Toronto, marries contemporary interior planning with an exterior massed and detailed to respect the traditional residential architectural language in its context. With exteriors crafted of rubble stone, copper details, stucco, cedar shingles and siding, this 4,500 square foot modern home fits in comfortably with its older neighbours, while presenting a modern face to the street, and meeting the practical demands of today’s family life. Large windows bring generous natural light into the home. The flow of spaces across rooms and levels establishes visual and physical links between various parts of the house, as well as to the surrounding landscape.

On the ground level, a gallery wall running through the dining and sunken living room establishes a relationship between front and rear courtyards. From the entry vestibule, stairs lead through a library to second floor bedrooms and a third floor studio with an adjoining outdoor terrace. Cantilevered cherry wood bookshelves extend from every second riser along the length of passage, making the library an integral part of everyday life.