I have always dreamt of having some type of greenery/outdoor space indoors. With cold seasons here lasting about 8 months a year, we Canadians crave some life during these months and having a year round space to grow a tree would be amazing. Whoever lives in this award-winning house in Toronto that has an indoor courtyard is VERY fortunate. Designed by . Because of the limited lot area with a request of a large scale house, the interior designer immediately thought about an indoor courtyard to bring greenness, light and shadow inside the house. A double height ceiling interior courtyard was at the center of the house with a series of landscapes and bamboo to integrate outdoor nature with indoor dwelling. The kitchen, dining room, living room, tea room and study room were placed and stacked around the central courtyard to give users visual access. Rooms are stacked and arranged around the central courtyard, creating a vertical village like spatial relationship while providing a certain degree of privacy. Stairs were located adjacent to the courtyard, providing access to all floor levels. Family members can communicate across the courtyard and maintain visibility of each other. With large windows placed at four sides of the building, and the skylight on top of the central courtyard, this stacked spatial planning enables light to stream into the entire house.
It’s all classic Sydney terrace house on the outside and contemporary home on the inside. Clean sleek lines, limited colour palette and a repeating circle motif are the take home points from this narrow little house I’m stalking in the suburb of Paddington. Link while it lasts.
I am in love with this home – particularly the meticulously appointed kitchen (complete with 2 sinks!!). Here are some details: the alteration of and addition to an existing Victorian cottage in Darling Point, Sydney. An exploration of finding the contemporary and grand within what is historic and compact, we have deliberately detailed the space in such a way that the handmade appears both youthful and reverential. As a result, this elegant four bedroom home appears as a delicate, slightly feminine study in the role of the contemporary classic. A beauty by (Photos: )
A home with fabulous architecture made even more fabulous by Los Angeles-based designer . She did such a great job in turning this family home into something cool, comfortable and timeless while playing up the mid-century modern vibe of the architecture. (Photos: )
I’m still stalking in Sydney. I’ve moved one suburb over to Redfern where the new house shares many things in common with my last stalking property. Concrete and wood, narrow and rising over several levels, modern but in this case a relatively new build as opposed to a terrace house gut and renovation. I’m torn between the two. I’m leaning more towards this house as it seems to have mellowed. Perhaps there’s more golden timber tones and a peek or two of softening greenery. Then again the Surry Hills house had those soaring ceilings and statement fireplace. Which do you prefer? Link while it lasts.