House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Location: , Ontario,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,300 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Perched on the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, the dramatic views afforded by this site encompass lake and sky through the tall trunks of mature trees. The foundations of the owner’s childhood home have been reused to create a new residence that celebrates this spectacular location. This allowed us to leave the trees, some of which are growing very close to the house, untouched.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Viewed from the street, the house is a simple stucco box distinguished by a screen of vertical channel glass that provides privacy while allowing diffuse natural light into the stair, guest bathroom and master bathroom. At night it glows like an oversized lantern.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Ontario Algonquin limestone wraps from the front wall around to the recessed entrance and then reappears inside, establishing a recurring theme of blurring the distinction between outside and inside. The same material reappears within the two storey living room.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

The rear of the house, facing Lake Ontario, dissolves completely into a two storey wall of glass, punctured by the volume of the master bedroom that cantilevers out from over the dining room below. This volume is distinguished by a cladding of charcoal coloured fibre cement panels, both inside and out. A long linear skylight runs along this volume, further splitting it off from the rest of the house and washing natural light deep into the space between the open living and dining room.

Cite: "House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects" 26 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Cihan Kaygusuz

    Nice :)

  • ariana roberts

    all this house needs is nothing