When the Client, a graphic artist and designer, bought this residence his objective was to take advantage of the location and the picturesque views overlooking the historic Casa Loma stables, while transforming the apartment’s dark, densely packed, small rooms into an airy bachelor’s retreat with plenty of light, clean lines, and open space. The intent of the design was to reflect both the owner’s Asian heritage and draw on ideas relating to his occupation in the project’s narrative and material palette. The design solution was to remove most of the interior partitions except for one division between the public and private zones, and replace the tiny windows with significantly larger ones. The resulting open plan feels far more spacious and allows for the flow of light and line of sight from many vantage points. The rooms in the main space are then connected by built-in or free-standing elements that partially screen each area while providing framed views between spaces, creating a sense of division in the otherwise open plan. These elements or ‘framing devices’ are conceived as graphic elements translated into three-dimensional forms; they function both to delineate the various spaces and as display areas designed to showcase some of the owner’s mid-century modern and Asian artefacts.The original living room ceiling was opened up to the roof rafters, creating a double-height living space, and a new loft mezzanine that was once an unused attic. Accessed by a floating mahogany stair and light steel railing, the upper loft space is used as a study and library. The addition of a large two-storey window at the front of the house allows for a view of the historic stables building across the road, acknowledging the significance of the location, and giving the feeling of “floating in the tree-tops”. Warm red woods, crisp geometric lines and a play of smooth and varied textures throughout reflect the owner’s Asian heritage.