캐나다 주거용 건물은 큰 간격으로 분리된 2개의 구조로 구성되어 있다. 회색 벽돌로 꾸며진 외벽은 따뜻한 목재를 활용해 강조되고, 다양한 크기의 창문은 약간 움푹 들어가거나, 기울어진 채 위치해 시각적인 흥미와 운동감을 만들어 낸다. 주택이 정면에 마주하고 있는 도시의 빅토리아풍 주택에서 흔히 발견되는 전통적 방식이 아닌, 창의적인 구성으로 놓인 창문에 대한 인식된 조각은 모놀리식 특성을 더욱 강조한다.
Canadian studio Batay-Csorba Architects has taken cues from traditional bay windows on Victorian homes for this residential building in Toronto, which has apertures that appear to be slanted.
The development, called Core Modern Homes, is located in the city's upscale Leaside neighbourhood. The building occupies a prime site along Eglinton Avenue, slated to become the city's newest public transit corridor. A light rail line is currently being constructed along the thoroughfare.
Encompassing 16,000 square feet (1,486 square metres), the residential building consists of two connected volumes that are separated by a large gap. Exterior walls are made of grey brick and are accented with warm-coloured wood. Windows of varying sizes are slightly recessed and angled, creating visual interest and a sense of movement, the team said.
"The windows on the front street-facing facades reference an inverted model of the traditional bay window, found on much of the city's Victorian housing stock," said Batay-Csorba Architects, a local studio. "The perceived carving of the windows further emphasise the monolithic nature of the masonry volume."
The building contains seven townhouses, each rising four stories. Blonde wooden floors, white walls and floor-to-ceiling glass help the slender units feel more expansive. Glass is used to enclose staircases, which feature floating wooden treads.