Ship-lapped copper ribbons wrap the base of the old bungalow, and then spiral upward like a continuous orange peel to shape a kind of treehouse, perched above the city, and sculpted by the angles of the sun.
Unraveled on the Edge
At the edge of the escarpment created by the now receded ancient Lake Iroquois, Escarpment House is fashioned in, around, and above its existing post war host.
This compact house pulls back to respect new side yard setbacks as it rises above the existing building, and in so doing creates a structural armature that appreciates the lightness of the copper rainscreen. As a ‘living material’, time will register on the copper facades as they oxidize differently depending on orientation over time.
Millwork, ceilings, lighting, and some special furniture elements required customization to accommodate a dynamic vision of the day-to-day. The design pushes the boundaries of conventional residential arrangements in favor of deceivingly open but acoustically separate collective spaces and more enclosed spaces of escape. Exterior ‘rooms’ both at grade and on the 3rd floor terrace are carefully lit and creatively climatized to extend across the seasons.
The main stair pulls back and splays to stitch the various levels of the house together along the slender, double height space facing north, leaving added depth to rooms facing south to take advantage of city views and natural light.
Just as the copper paneling unravels to create pockets, terraces, and windows on the exterior, broad white oak boards unravel at the interior to give-way to wool felt and stone elements. Each is designed to define intimate familial spaces within the larger ‘open plan’ also imagined for great gatherings and guests.
Structural — RJC Engineering, Thornton Thomasetti
Mechanical — Larry Petricone, P.Eng, Doug McCallum, McCallum HVAC Design Inc.
Electrical — CORO Electrical
Landscape — Lake Ridge Landscape
Land Surveyor — J.D. Barnes
Novak Cladding Ltd.
Phil St. Martin