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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House on the Bluffs in Scarborough, Ontario by Taylor Smyth Architects Designed using AutoCAD and SketchUp

September 27th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Taylor Smyth Architects

Perched on the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, the dramatic views afforded by this site encompass lake and sky through the tall trunks of mature trees. The foundations of the owner’s childhood home have been reused to create a new residence that celebrates this spectacular location. This allowed us to leave the trees, some of which are growing very close to the house, untouched.

Front Façade (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

  • Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
  • Project: House on the Bluffs
  • Location: Scarborough, Ontario
  • Client: Private
  • Type:  New Construction
  • Size: 2,300 sq. ft.
  • Completed: 2011
  • Photography: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.
  • Software used: AutoCAD and SketchUp

Front Façade (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Viewed from the street, the house is a simple stucco box distinguished by a screen of vertical channel glass that provides privacy while allowing diffuse natural light into the stair, guest bathroom and master bathroom. At night it glows like an oversized lantern.

Front Façade at Dusk (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Ontario Algonquin limestone wraps from the front wall around to the recessed entrance and then reappears inside, establishing a recurring theme of blurring the distinction between outside and inside. The same material reappears within the two storey living room.


Back Façade with Trees (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

The rear of the house, facing Lake Ontario, dissolves completely into a two storey wall of glass, punctured by the volume of the master bedroom that cantilevers out from over the dining room below. This volume is distinguished by a cladding of charcoal coloured fibre cement panels, both inside and out. A long linear skylight runs along this volume, further splitting it off from the rest of the house and washing natural light deep into the space between the open living and dining room.

Back Patio with BBQ (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Back Façade with Trees (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Back Façade at Dusk (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Back Façade at Dusk (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Staircase (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Living Room with Fireplace (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

Double Height Living Room (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

View from Master Bedroom (Image Courtesy Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.)

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Categories: Autocad, House, SketchUp

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