Located on the top floor of a midrise apartment building in the upper Yorkville area of Toronto (Canada), two adjacent units were re-designed as one. The new suite bends at the crux of the building footprint, with sweeping views of the urban skyline toward the south.
Conceived as a place of repose amidst an active city life, the apartment was designed to envelop its inhabitants in a serene, modern, minimalist interior. The conceptual configuration was driven by a division of public and private spaces; rooms defined by an ethereal lightness contrasted with those immersed in shadow.
Entry to the suite is marked by an oak lined corridor with recessed cove lights, discreetly concealed closets and flush pivot doors leading to rooms beyond. The dimly lit entry sequence slows one’s passage toward the light-filled main living space. Here, an open-concept Kitchen, Dining, and Living room, and shared Master Bedroom, line a fully glazed window wall, capitalizing on the view and providing access to exterior terraces. While most intimate spaces such as the Master Bathroom and Closet, Wine Cellar and Powder Room are purposefully removed from the natural light and defined by a deeper, more tactile material palette of stone.
The contrast between light and dark creates an emotive experience, accentuated by the material palette. White walls and white oak floors are used throughout the more public spaces while the private areas are expressed through the use of stone formed of basaltic lava and white oak clad walls and ceilings.