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Courtyard House
2087 Davenport Road (rear), Toronto, ON M6N 1C9
Telephone: 416.652.3906

District: West (former Etobicoke and York)

Architect and year:
, 2007
Subsequent architect(s)/ consultant(s):
Studio Junction inc.

Open:
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Last admittance to building: 4.30 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Last admittance to building: 4.30 pm

The Courtyard House was inspired by an ancient form of architecture and a desire to experiment with a new form of North American urban thinking – infill housing as an alternative urban typology. By converting a contractor warehouse in a mixed-use industrial neighborhood, the ambition was to create an affordable home and studio for a family of four – one which could successfully adapt to a mid-block or laneway situation, where there is no typical front or back. The design of this house is generated by an emphasis on the views and activities of the interior courtyards, where all the windows look
inwards. A limited material palette of masonry and wood is used to express the relationship between exterior and interior. Concrete block references the industrial aspect of this neighborhood and denotes exteriority. The warm rich woods used extensively throughout the house and studio reinforces the idea of interiority. And by using the courtyards, skylights, and clerestory windows to capture light from above, the sequence of spaces as one walks through alternates between areas of light and shade, indoors and outdoors, and a poetic space “in between”.

Event information:
Visitors are welcome to experience the ground floor of the Courtyard House during the second annual “Art in a
Courtyard House” exhibition. For one week in the year, this private residence is used as a space where art and architecture are combined for a unique experience. Household and office furniture is replaced with artwork crafted by local established and emerging artists.

Other information:
entry stair

Photography permitted:Filming permitted:
Interior Yes     tripod: NoInteriorYes     tripod: No
ExteriorYes     tripod: NoExteriorYes     tripod: No

Getting there: Click here for map.

TTC (nearest station) Dundas West Bus/streetcar: 168 Symington, Davenport/Old Weston

Visit their web site: www.studiojunction.ca

Accessibility: Partial   Washrooms: No   Parking: Free   Food: No   
Highlights: Exhibit   

 

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