This private residence is situated within the footprint of its predecessor to minimize disturbance of the natural characteristics of the site and is conceived of as a connector to the natural elements. Reminiscent of a traditional stone roof and working as a privacy screen from the street, the front and north sloped facades are designed as a folding plane that opens up through various levels towards the extensive ravine below. The interior is designed with an emphasis on space, form and light and its connection to the outside world while providing varied experiences unique to each space.
Passive systems, such as site orientation, passive solar and passive ventilation as well as geothermal, VOC free materials, in-floor heating, think foam insulation at building envelope, solar and photovoltaic technologies are used in an effort to reduce energy consumption. l The folding sloped front façade wall is made of long lasting, durable, triple layered slate. Exposed stainless steel clips carry the slate. Making the fastening system visible and provides an additional texture to the triple layered wall system.
The House in Kings Cross is a perfect example of a rebuild gone terribly right
- Leslie C. Smith
press + awards
2015 Best of Canada
2014 ARIDO Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, Award of Merit
One Fell Swoop
Leslie Smith, Canadian Interior pgs 55-58, December 2014
House in Kings Cross
Contemporist, July 22,2014
A New Slant
David LeBlanc, The Globe and Mail, December 13, 2013