At 19’ wide and 45’ long, the house from Toronto is not only narrow, but also shallow.
Designing the form of the house was influenced by the fact that the 100-year-old Norway spruce in the backyard had to be maintained.
At the macro level, the biggest sustainable idea is that of infill housing. To increase density in an urban neighborhood, architects from Williamson Chong Architects splited a double-wide single family lot and made it two. Building within an existing neighborhood on strips of available land, while taking care not to disrupt the native tree canopy, allowed architects to explore further the pedagogy of incremental urbanism. Blantyre House is a repeatable typology that can co-exist with current bylaws and zoning requirements while giving a family urban connectivity, generous spaces, and even sanctuary.
Using first principals of through ventilation, resilient materials for longevity, and natural finishes, help this small home engage green building in a straightforward way.
Open the gallery to explore the kitchen studio, with its distinctive custom millwork lining, the master bedroom from the upper most level of the home and the light filled living room from between.