Here's another Dubbeldam gem, where the exterior doesn't give away the bespoke secrets that lie within.
Located in The Annex neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, The Annex House is a residence designed by Dubbeldam Architecture + Design.
Not unlike other projects by the firm, it offers subtle sophistication while maintaining a facade that blends well with its environment.
Much like this Annex Victorian and this Cabbagetown Victorian - which we featured in the past - Dubbeldam Architecture and Design Studio continue their excellence at morphing old into new using consistent materials and colour palettes.
A cool feature about this project is the accompanying coach house that provides fluidity and division too.
In order to create a space that is divided into different sections, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design created a natural conversation between "solids and voids."
To illustrate, the smart cut-out below connects the kitchen and dining sufficiently for engagement, without it being so open plan it shows the clutter and mess cooking often creates.
Another genius idea? Many of the interiors components are built-in. By incorporating custom millwork like storage units and screens to divide the floor plate into specific zones for living, the streamlined look allows the spatial composition to sing, keeping a uniform continuity that ensures proportion, scale, and visual harmony. It also creates the opportunity for art work and soft furnishings to be showcased.
Praise must be given to the distilled choice of materials used to create the space! The architects achieved their goals in creating fluidity and brilliant space division, by keeping finishes and fittings neutral. This can be seen in the use of white and wood throughout the space, whether it be in the marble counters and kitchen cabinets, or the dividing built-ins, floors, and furniture.
All in all, it is the simplicity of the lines and materials used that create articulated zones for living within the open plan of the structure.
For me, personally, it encompasses all the elements that make for good architecture and a peaceful, calming environment.
If this house doesn't make you want to sit by the fire with a cup of tea, I don't know what will!
For more projects like this one, check out DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design
Images courtesy of DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design
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Researched and Written by Mehra ElMesseery, Double Major in Architectural Studies, University of Toronto.