Go Green = Go Small in East York, Toronto

As house prices in urban areas increase, the land it sits on becomes more and more valuable.

As a result, older housing stock in poor condition is being torn down and new infill dwellings are taking their place.

In today's post we feature an example designed by Reza Aliabadi.  Located at 251 Lumsden Avenue, East York, Toronto, the contemporary Shaft House stands out from it’s neighborhood.


Photograph courtesy of borXu Design


The Shaft House encompasses a 20 x 100 foot lot and includes one parking space accessed from a laneway.


Photograph courtesy of borXu Design


Just like opening a gift box, what lays inside is even more exciting!

I am fascinated about the interior structure of the Shaft House. It's a 3-storey open plan structure containing 1400 square feet of living space.

It's focal point is an enormous lightwell in the center of the dwelling.


Looking though the Shaft


Here is a photo of the Skylight.


Photograph courtesy of borXu Design


In a modest infill house, minimizing the number of walls creates the illusion of more living space. And in dividing the space over 3 floors the architect utilized the space efficiently in private and public zones, while creating visual cohesion.

Sustainable cost efficient materials were used, while the central open shaft provides natural light and optimum air flow.

During Toronto's hot summer weather, hot air rises through the shaft and is vented out the upper floors, reducing operating expenses.

I adore The Shaft House. It represents a commitment to accommodate's today's contemporary life style while remaining aware of cost efficiency and the environment.

Here’s the Weblink if you'd like to learn more about architect Reza Aliabadi and his unique projects.


Researched and Written by Danni Li, Honors Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management at the University of Toronto, Mississauga

Posted In: Ontario

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