Located in Stouffville (located just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada), this unique dwelling fuses the rural vernacular with modern living on a lush verdant hillside. This residence is inspired by rural stone walls that are used to separate farmers’ fields while incorporating expansive glazing in a monolithic structure to bring light and air indoors.
Designed by architect Trevor McIvor Architect Inc., the home features a stone entry wall that sits low grounding the structure with the site, while a series of glass-wrapped pavilions provide 'zones for living' with open, uninterrupted views of rolling Ontario fields.
The structure of this residence was designed with the goal of minimizing the building’s impact on the surrounding area while optimizing views. Expansive roof planes hover over a stone wall punctured with apertures, giving a contemporary nod to the barns and stables historically found in the area.
Inside, the public spaces comprise the central podium while the private zones extend off of it.
The main portion of the home is comprised of the kitchen, living, and dining rooms and also includes an outdoor wooden terrace to further extend the living space. The home incorporates sustainable practices, including concrete floors heated by a trenched geothermal loop which keeps the home at a comfortable temperature all year round.
The main level includes a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and there are two additional bedrooms on the lower level.
This residence incorporates many of our favourite materials here at Houseporn.ca, including mahogany, cedar and locally sourced granite. We've long subscribed to the belief that an architect who embraces wood, glass, stone and steel in their design is most likely to achieve an element of timelessness, for these natural materials always anchor a building with its landscape.
Grounding the earth and sky elements, I love how this floating structure of steel and glass anchored by its strong horizontal roofs creates an ideal setting to embrace the outdoors. It's the quintessential getaway for those who adore expansive views that connect one with nature.
To learn more about their extensive residential and corporate designs, visit Trevor McIvor Inc.
Photos courtesy of Maciek Linowski.
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Written and researched by photojournalist Samantha Wu