transformed a three-storey, 1890s house into a duplex with two, two-storey
units for a brother and sister. The addition to this residence presents the
home’s highly detailed heritage façade to the street, while the rear of the
house has been opened up to the garden with a large, framed glass opening
focused on a large Japanese Maple.
hodgepodge of deteriorated balconies and screens and damaged brick at the rear
of the house was redesigned as a complex and unifying quilt of additions with
large areas of glass, balconies of translucent polycarbonate panelling and wood
panelling, and a three-storey wood privacy screen providing shelter from the
neighbouring property. The main form houses the dining room – which, like a sunroom,
is flooded with light that carries through to the newly renovated kitchen.
The entry to
the upper duplex occupies the smaller addition. The entry stair has plenty of
built-in shelving, cabinetry and seating, also acting as a library or sitting
room. This redesign efficiently utilizes the stair space so that it functions
as more than a mere space of circulation for the duplex.