Waxwing Residence, Toronto

Ancerl Studio, Toronto

Photography by Brandon Barre

This three-level home is spread over 4,200-sq.-ft. on a forested ravine lot and defined by a front elevation of two wings connected by a transparent, glass bridge. One wing is like a black palisade, while the other is made of shiny and reflective titanium. The entrance level of the home dips down to the main living areas, and a vertically folding hangar glass door spanning the entire back opens to extend the home beyond the outdoor pool, dining and gathering area. The heart of the home is centrally located, with a panoramic fireplace open to the living area, outside patios and private dining room. This fireplace is incorporated into a multifunctional “Swiss Army Knife” of secret, concealed, or simply combined elements such as the entry to the basement, entertainment unit for the living room, a wet bar in the dining room, and a temperature-controlled wine cabinet, as well as movable walls for flexible connections between the office and living areas.