Perched on a busy shopping street in The Junction near downtown Toronto, the Mjölk House offers a high-style respite from the busy street below.
Created by Studio Junction Inc - the architects of this gorgeous Courtyard House - the Mjölk House demonstrates that brilliant design, comfort and serenity can be found even in the most unexpected places.
Situated in a vintage building over 125 years old, the ground floor houses the owner's exquisite design store and gallery MJÖLK, while the second and third floors were combined into their private residence.
As illustrated in the cross-section above, the top floor consists of an entertainment zone and a kitchen diner, with an outdoor courtyard separating the two.
The second level has the sleeping and bathing quarters with some private outdoor space, while the ground level is the retail space.
The interior is visually arresting, where an abundant use of light oak married with warm white walls create the perfect backdrop for the owner's personal possessions.
I particularly love the washroom, where the wooden bathtub and walls contrast with dark stone floors, creating an elegant understated space.
The clean-lined wood paneling and sliding doors resembles a modern take on the traditional Japanese shōji.
Sleek, stylish, and warm, this material nods towards tradition while remaining thoroughly contemporary.
To combat the darkness typical of a commercial property on a narrow lot, the top floor courtyard has massive sliding windows for air flow, and light wells punctured on the side which bathes the lower level spaces in natural light.
Regardless of whether or not you're a lover of natural wood, it's hard to contest this home makes it work beautifully.
For more fantastic architecture, check out Studio Junction Inc.
All photography by Joe Lin, courtesy of Studio Junction.
Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University