Gallery House by Taylor Smyth Architects
House built in the 1960’s completely redesigned by Taylor Smyth Architects. It’s situated in Toronto, Canada.
Description by Taylor Smyth Architects
Built in the 1960’s, the existing house mimicked an Arts and Crafts vernacular with dark wood paneling and a labyrinth of rooms. The house was gutted, and walls relocated to create an open flow of space. Avid art collectors, the owners requested a flexible environment to showcase their growing collection. A new floating stair of oak treads on white painted steel links the ground and second floor. The kitchen/family room beyond features a palette of wide plank oak flooring, walnut millwork, leathered Calcutta marble and stainless steel.
The master bedroom ceiling was substantially raised to take advantage of the unused space in the attic above, and the end wall was opened up to create a wall of glass looking out to the garden. In the master bathroom, a variety of different materials and textures are used to create a rich composition – acid etched black mirror, black granite, textured black tile and ebony coloured wood – in response to the client`s request for an all black bathroom.
The exterior of the house was substantially retained with the exception of the Elizabethan style infill of stucco and wood within the dominant triangular gables. These were re-clad in a modern interpretation of the Elizabethan style, using black stained wood panels divided randomly with strips of clear anodized aluminum.
Photography by Virginia Macdonald