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House 1 / Kyra Clarkson Architect

  • Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect
  • Location: 154 Rhodes Ave, Toronto, ON M4L 2Z9, Canada
  • Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect - Kyra Clarkson, Christopher Glaisek
  • Landscape Architect: Elise Shelley Landscape Architect
  • Contractor: Collaborative Ventures Inc.
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs: Steven Evans Photography

© Steven Evans Photography © Steven Evans Photography © Steven Evans Photography © Steven Evans Photography

From the architect. Modernest is a new design and development initiative with a mission to offer affordable, architect-designed houses with a modern sensibility, on family-friendly streets in vibrant downtown Toronto neighbourhoods with easy access to good schools, public parks, transit lines and local shops. Presenting a striking alternative to typical neo-traditional builders’ homes, Modernest creates high-quality houses that are evocative of their time and that compliment a contemporary, urban lifestyle.

© Steven Evans Photography
© Steven Evans Photography

This mandate is exemplified by the company’s pilot project titled simply House 1. Situated on Rhodes Avenue in Toronto’s lively Leslieville neighbourhood, House 1 is modest and contemporary, yet sympathetically integrated with nearby houses due to its similar scale, setback and its natural materials. The house is characterized by its flexibility, its abundance of natural light and its views to the outdoors. It is framed by mature trees and the neighbourhood’s eclectic surroundings.

© Steven Evans Photography
© Steven Evans Photography

Modernest was established by and Kyra Clarkson and Christopher Glaisek. The partners in life and work met as architecture students at Yale University. She is now an architect; he is an urban planner, and they are parents of two young children. “We felt that there were limited choices in Toronto’s housing market for people wanting a modern aesthetic but without the time, budget or inclination to commission a custom-designed home themselves,” Clarkson explains. “By creating quality, honest and inspiring homes with a modern spirit, we aspire to strengthen communities and revitalize the urban fabric,” Glaisek adds.

© Steven Evans Photography
© Steven Evans Photography

Clarkson and Glaisek’s architectural training inspired them to proudly demonstrate the quality that goes into every stage of a Modernest home. From the conceptual drawings of the space, to daily videos documenting the construction process, House 1’s buyer will know what informed every aspect of the house’s construction and what is hidden behind its walls.

© Steven Evans Photography
© Steven Evans Photography
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