The House in The Beach, Toronto By Drew Mandel Architects

I've had the good fortune to live in renovated homes before, but none have ever been as dramatic as this.

When the owners of this dwelling, located in The Beach neighbourhood of Toronto, requested a renovation from Drew Mandel Architects (DMA) which would suit their specific needs and personalities, the result was this organic palate of intrigue.

The success of this transformation is not only reflected in the custom fit for its occupants, but in how effortless the home’s facade retains a relationship with the existing character of the street.


Photo courtesy of DMA.


The juxtaposition between the original brick and the linear fenestration create both a complement and a contrast with its neighbours.

The house’s façade was opened up to increase light and space, and offers a window into the lives of the residents.

The inserted box bay windows on the front façade offer a refreshing new look for this vintage home. Connectivity between street and home are key.


Photo courtesy of DMA.


The zig-zag geometry of the staircase injects a dynamic current through the centre of the home. Like a heart rate monitor, the framing of the staircase elicits a visual energy well-suited to a family home.

The abundance of built-ins keep the space plan efficient and visually cohesive.


Photo courtesy of DMA.


Renovation creates character: just as in life. I love the visually cues that reflect both the history of its occupants and the process of transformation.

I especially love the 'shop notes' scrawled at the base of the fireplace mantel in the photo below.

Without question, the mixture of textures, surfaces, and mechanics creates a multi-faceted milieu as complex as the family who lives here.


Photo courtesy of DMA.

Photo courtesy of DMA.


Isn't this magical?

For more details of this spectacular renovation, see the DMArchitects site.

And consider checking out this post on by Drew Mandel Architects called Exploring The Voids Of A Moore Park Residence, Toronto!


Researched and Written by Emily E.A. Stringer, undergraduate of Sociology, and Geography: Environment & Sustainability, from the University of British Columbia.

Posted In: Ontario

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