Canada’s Queen City is well-known for its housing boom. Toronto is the country’s most populous city and also has one of the most desirable luxury real estate markets in the world. The city is a hub for media, arts and business. It’s situated on a plateau with unique ravine systems. Toronto is known for its high-end architecture and design. However, it faces a housing correction. The city’s current situation is characterized by rapid increases in home prices and excessive overvaluation. Despite these uncertain conditions, new residential developments continue to be constructed.

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These dwellings showcase both simple and elaborate layouts. They also reflect current housing trends. These designs reflect Toronto’s residential design culture. They create spatial experiences through site organization, form, and site planning. The houses are a modern interpretation of modern building techniques. They combine multiple programs with varying levels privacy. Each house is designed to respond to the existing landscapes and rare natural circumstances. It embraces urban fabrics and streetscapes while orienting to the surrounding views. As the existing building stock is made up of many architectural styles, so are new residential designs. They incorporate different spatial typologies and conceptual ideas.

Millgrove House / Toms + McNally Design

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Millgrove House is located in rural Hamilton on a property which once housed an abandoned apple orchard and a hay-growing facility for local use. The site is gently rolling and lies between mature treeslines and forests. The topography was used to create a home that would be comfortable for a couple of middle-aged adults and their four adult children.

High Park Residence / Batay Csorba Architects

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The design was created for an Italian couple and pays tribute to their Italian heritage as well as the Toronto residential building fabric. It also focuses on convenience, mobility and wellbeing. The Pacific project was inspired by the values and traditions of the homeowners. They now feel the comforts of the past in their daily lives.

Relmar / Architects Luc Bouliane

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An empty-nester couple decided to downsize. They wanted it to be a low-maintenance home that is easy to maintain and age-in-place. Condo living was an option, but they missed the intimacy of a low-rise home. Their son, who is a builder, suggested that they go beyond the traditional design and build a custom-designed, modern home.

The Garage Gem/Office Ou

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The idea to convert an urban garage into a flexible amenity area was the inspiration for this project. The small structure transforms the detached garage in the laneway, which is often underutilized and serves as a community hub. The ‘Garage Gem’ strikes a delicate balance between utilitarian and precious to allow for a broad range of uses.

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

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Cedarvale Ravine House, a 3350-square-foot home that can accommodate a family of four, is located in the Toronto Cedarvale Ravine. The ravine system is the most unique feature of Toronto’s geography. It contains extraordinary arteries that run through the city, giving you access to the wilderness. This infill house is located on a mid-town residential street. However, it opens onto protected woodlands to the rear.

Curvy Eco Home/ Craig Race Architecture

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The house’s form is completely determined by its context. By responding to the setbacks of neighboring houses, the curved front wall mediates street facade. This was intended to be dramatic and to maximize second floor space while creating room for a basement apartment. The small details were taken into consideration, such as the alignment of the eaves with the neighboring home. These simple cues were designed to blend the unusual shape with its neighbors, who are +100 years old.

Ravine Residence/ Hariri Ponarini Architects

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This private residence is located in a large ravine area in North Toronto’s neighbourhood. It not only makes the most of the vast natural views, but also establishes close relationships with its surroundings. The house’s exterior treatment is designed to allow integration with nature. It has a slightly curved front facade that presents a solid entity to the street.

Double Duplex / Batay Csorba Architects

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The Double Duplex is an infill project on Melbourne Avenue in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. It is known for its historic Victorian, Bay and Gable mansions. Each site contained a detached duplex residence that is four stories tall and 3,500 square feet in size. Double Duplex is a tribute to the context and the beauty and skill of the local artists. It abstracts and reinterprets the Bay and Gable typology and reconsiders the two-story Brise soleil.