We at houseporn.ca love timeless design. And the spectacular Wolf Residence, designed by master architect Barton Myers in 1974, exemplifies this beautifully.
Located in Toronto's Rosedale - which originally dates from the late 1860s as the city's pre-eminent neighbourhood for the landed gentry - this neighbourhood of 10,000 residents is set among three bucolic ravines, preserved as parkland. With this unique geography, Rosedale has many winding meandering streets through the neighbourhood which, although located in the centre of the City, virtually no vehicular traffic can be heard due to the abundance of trees and foliage that surround the community. The homes range from Victorian to Edwardian manses constructed for the wealthy, though there are occasions for some spectacular modern dwellings.
Like the Wolf House.
This forward-thinking property used off-the-shelf twentieth century industrial materials in a domestic urban context. The end result is a dwelling of breathtaking contrasts.
Given the geology of the ravine lot, the 2 storey residence was raised off the ground on steel columns bearing on pile footings. The use of steel, glass, aluminum and plastic were employed in an elegant way, with the structural, mechanical and electrical servicing systems left exposed to view. Sliding track walls, adjustable canvas awnings, and roller blinds all contribute to the high degree of flexibility, making this contemporary residence as fresh now as it was over 40 years ago.
Organized around a central exterior courtyard, the dwelling's glass walls connect separate flexible living zones while bathing the spaces in natural light and open views. With around 3000 square feet of living space, the main floor courtyard divides the entry, carport, and the mechanical service space at the front of the house from the kitchen, dining and living areas at the back. Upstairs at the front are three bedrooms, a bathroom and media room, which are connected by a bridge across the courtyard to the master bedroom suite.
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Iconic perfection, this residence has won several awards including the 'The Architectural Record House Of The Year' (1977) and the 'Prix Du Xxe Siecle' From The Royal Architectural Institute Of Canada (2007). And over its enduring life span, this residence has been elevated further, both inside and out, by the likes of designers Yabu Pushelberg; landscape architect Walter Kehm and architect/designer Heather Faulding.
Now SOLD! Offered for sale for the first time, at $4,695,000, if you'd like to learn more contact Donna and Nicholas Thompson at Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage at 1-416-441-2888.
- Posted by Steve Fudge, purveyor of houseporn.ca