The practice of Drew Mandel Architects designed this house in 2011 in the city of Toronto, Ontario in Canada.
Called the Cedarvale Ravine House it covers 3350 square feet and due to its location it offers plenty of vegetation and wilderness along with all the benefits of a normal mid-town neighborhood. The building’s mass was created through the repeated pushing and pulling of the desired volume on the site so that it offers the optimal view and settles the foundation for the rest.
Several large and narrow spaces alternate to offer circulation and these are enclosed by glass walls and Ontario stone cladding. The central part of the home is composed from the kitchen and the living roomand plenty of glass was used to open up the space and decrease the exterior/interior opposition.
The second story cantilever volume offers a frame to the views and also permits the ravine planting to further draw towards the site increasing the communion with the land. The more private parts of the home are on the second floor and offer sliding wooden shutters to permit fine tuning of the light, air flow and noise level.