Bilateral House

Using an 116-year-old Period Revival home in Toronto as the base, the Bilateral House is part restoration and part new construction. To meet city requirements, the front half of the exterior facade retains its original charm by restoring the existing brick, replacing wood trim, and applying new stucco, while a modern extension to the rear satisfies the needs of the homeowners. The addition of black metal to both ends unites the old with the new. Although leaving subtle reminders of its former heritage, the interior truly reflects the owner's love for all things contemporary with elements of raw concrete, paired with clean, white walls to create a gallery aesthetic to display their personal collection of art and vintage furniture.

Photos: Shai Gil / Audax

  • Drop Box Portable Hotel Suite

    Spanish deign studio In-Tenta is expanding on their microarchitecture collection with the Drop Box Portable Hotel Suite. Like the name implies, these modular wooden shelters can simply be dropped into any natural setting with little or no impact on the surrounding environment, allowing you to wake up in some of the world's most remote locations with all of the comforts of a hotel stay. They come in two sizes, a one and two bedroom layout that includes a bathroom with panoramic shower, and an outdoor terrace. Whether you're spending the weekend lakeside or unplugging in the middle of the forest, a floor-to-ceiling glazed wall puts your location on full display.

  • Gorski Kotar House

    Set atop a hill in the Croatian countryside, the Gorski Kotar House has a special relationship with its natural landscape. The project was inspired by a single walnut tree, spawning an outdoor terrace and eventually an entire home. Its simple form and pitched roof are clad in Siberian larch, stained with a black wood tar. In contrast to its stark exterior, the inside is bright and open with a palette of white and natural wood. The small floor plan is left undisrupted, with a ground level living room and kitchen that sit underneath a lofted sleeping area. From here, the inside flows out to an outdoor kitchen and terrace, where the elevated plot provides expansive views of the surrounding mountains.

    Photos: Jure Živković / Tomislav Soldo

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