Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC

Metal-clad boxes form Everden house by StudioAC in Toronto

Gabled elements and corrugated aluminium siding feature in a family home that was designed by Canadian firm StudioAC to be "impactful without being indulgent”.

The Everden house is located on a slender, rectangular lot in Toronto's Cedarvale neighbourhood.

Exterior view of Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
StudioAC's Everden House in Toronto has stacked boxy forms

"The brief was to create a home that felt unique and personal to the homeowners and unapologetically contemporary, while still having cues to the traditional ideas of ‘house',” said local firm StudioAC.

Aiming to create a residence that feels both "playful and serious”, the architects designed a three-storey building that reads as stacked boxes.

Black corrugated aluminium house in Toronto by StudioAC
The shape of the gabled roof is reflected in the building's windows

The home is topped with a gabled roof that alludes to the local housing stock. The peaked form was used for certain windows and interior elements, as well.

"While a gabled roof is one of the quintessential icons of ‘house', we were interested in elevating this phenomenon beyond motif to a spatial experience that defined a narrative throughout the project,” the architecture studio said.

Corrugated metal facade of Toronto home with large sliding glass doors
The home has a black corrugated aluminium facade

Facades are clad in corrugated aluminium, which was selected for its durability and affordability.

On the front elevation, upper windows are covered with a mesh made from aluminium panels, which were custom perforated and then sealed.

White and oak interior in Everden House
A lighter colour scheme and minimalistic design give the interior a warm feel

Inside, the team put special focus on the spatial experience, which freed them up to be flexible with the material expression.

"This approach was integral to working with the clients' budget strategy and thesis – create a project that is impactful without being indulgent,” the team said.

Light-filled open living space in Toronto home by StudioAC
A sunken living room, kitchen and dining area occupy the ground floor

The ground floor is split level, with the dining area and kitchen occupying the front portion of the plan and a sunken living room situated in the rear.

Steps lead down from the kitchen to the living area, which provides a physical separation without the use of a wall, the architecture studio said.

Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Continuing the gabled forms inside was important element for the project

"We wanted to create spatial delineation and the feeling of threshold – division and nuance of experience from one space to the next,” StudioAC said.

"The living room feels as though it has a higher ceiling and is a bit of a grand space while maintaining a continuous ceiling line from the front of the house to the back,” it added.

The middle floor contains three bedrooms, and the top level holds a primary bedroom suite and sheltered terrace.

The top floor has a gabled ceiling that follows the roof's contours. A gabled ceiling is also found on the ground level, where one might typically find a cubic space.

"The interior focuses on one critical move: the peaked ceiling scape,” the team said. "This allowed other details to become secondary and in doing so, cost-effective.”

Bedroom with black mesh curtain in window and pointed oak ceiling
Aluminium mesh curtains cover the windows of the upper floor

Rooms feature a restrained palette of materials, including white oak for flooring and ceilings and Caesarstone quartz for kitchen countertops. White-painted millwork was used to form tall cabinets and closets.

In several areas, rooms are illuminated by long, LED strips that run along the ceiling.

Artwork displayed on white cabinet in living space of Toronto home
Oak floors and ceilings feature across the spaces

StudioAC said the project was in line with its usual focus on creating spatial conditions that are atypical and "allow program to define volume".

"The project seeks to straddle the fine line between academic and explorative architecture while still being livable, usable and timeless,” the team said.

Other projects by StudioAC include a Toronto dwelling with elements that take cues from work by artist Donald Judd and a high-end cannabis dispensary that features zigzagging partitions made of industrial grating.

The photography is by Doublespace Photography.

Project credits:

Architect: StudioAC
Design team: Madeline Planer, Jonathan Miura, Jennifer Kudlats, Andrew Hill, Audrey Liang

More images and plans

Ground floor plan
First floor plan
Second floor plan
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC
Everden House in Toronto by StudioAC