Ms. Smith hired the award-winning Toronto architecture firm superkül. “The direction was to give the building back its unstudied elegance and the dignity of its years, while making it habitable for a young family with diverse modern needs: a place to store and hang plenty of art, but also hockey equipment for the boys. It also had to have plenty of running room for a tabby cat.” The end result is a 3,000-square-foot shoebox of a building that has undergone a complete makeover without losing its original flavour. The façade was completely refashioned with grey concrete board surrounding a teak window frame and door at the entrance level, with a large silver window box jutting out at an angle from the upper floor. Inside, the main floor renovation was essentially a complete gutting, turning a cluster of tight rooms into a wide-open gallery space warmed by maple floors and an art collection featuring both historical (Goya) and contemporary, colour-saturated (Goran Lucic) works.
Home of the Week: A home built for beautiful display (Globe & Mail)