Hintonburg Home / Rick Shean

  • 18 Dec 2012
  • Houses Selected Works
© Peter Fritz

Architects: Rick Shean
Location: , Ontario,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Fritz

© Peter Fritz

A courtyard weaves together two simple volumes allowing an elegant simplicity to permeate throughout this light filled modern infill home.  Natural light becomes material as space opens up onto the courtyard, intermingling views toward one another, and allowing the changing light to animate and warm the walls of the interiors.

© Peter Fritz

The courtyard acts as a front porch to the rear volume, containing  the most public spaces, with the kitchen, dining and lounge area, while the more private front den still connects simultaneously with the street and court through windows in the east and west walls.

© Peter Fritz

The numerous openings serve to break down the volumes, and expand the interior spaces, calling on the exterior to warm the minimal palette.  The stairwell is at the same time a lightwell with generous openings facing south to the courtyard, and sunlight running through the open stairs and glass guards connects  the ground and second floors.

© Peter Fritz

The sublime palette of exterior materials, a white oiled cedar, natural cement board and galvalume, elegantly evoke the richness of the materials in the modern house  without overpowering the adjacent, more traditional homes.

© Peter Fritz

These simple gestures allow a discreet but warm interaction  between people, their home, and their neighbors.

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