Wrap House, Toronto

Kohn Shnier Architects, Toronto

Photography: Doublespace Photography

This re-imagination of a 1980s side-split into a new single-family home is achieved through a street-facing addition and a complete interior renovation comprised of a new “architectural wrap” of a master suite and a completely new entry sequence. “We took advantage of the existing side-split typology to reinterpret ‘interior terraced’ living that offers the family both transitional flows and places of repose,” say the designers. By employing a series of views, transparencies and reflections, the house has become a progression of small episodes that play with the perception and illusion of space, an exercise intended to “stimulate the psychological experience of the inhabitants by providing spaces of repose and meditation.”