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Euclid Avenue House / Levitt Goodman Architects

  • 01:00 - 15 December, 2009
Euclid Avenue House / Levitt Goodman Architects
Euclid Avenue House / Levitt Goodman Architects, © Ben Rahn/A-Frame
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, Canada
  • Architects

    Levitt Goodman Architects
  • Design Team

     Dean Goodman, Janna Levitt, Daniel Bartman
  • Structural Engineering

    G.D. Jewell Engineering Inc.
  • Landscaping & Green Roof

    Gardens in the Sky
  • Lighting Design

    in collaboration with Castor Design
  • Client

     Janna Levitt and Dean Goodman
  • General Contractor

    Boszko & Verity Inc.
  • Area

    144.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Toronto’s Official Plan outlines a future of growth, rebuilding, and regeneration within the existing urban structure. It is requires housing models that increase density, counter urban sprawl, curb unnecessary commuting, address the issue of affordability and flaunt the virtues of living efficiently. Euclid House addresses these issues, offering a unique alternative to the shortcomings of Toronto’s typical housing typologies and demonstrating how thoughtful and innovative design can create a home defined by its compactness, livability, flexibility and sustainability.

An aging workers’ cottage on a downtown street was demolished and replaced by a two-and-a-half storey house with a basement set half-above grade to ensure maximum daylight. The garage was adaptively re-used creating an inner courtyard between the two buildings.

While the house demonstrates contemporary design, its scale, massing and setbacks find cohesion with its older neighbors. Further reciprocity is established through the use of complimentary, rugged materials graced by wood-framed windows and translucent glazing, ensuring that the facade is warm and inviting.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame

The first residence in Toronto to incorporate green roofs, Euclid has been studied by the City for its sustainable strategies. Planted at every level, the roof gardens effectively bring the footprint of the house to zero. In every season the gardens make a positive contribution to the temperature and air quality of the house. Sited at window level, the second floor garden creates the impression that the bedroom is floating in a field. Native plant species spark a complete sensory experience, invading the house with the immediate sights of the seasons, plants, birds and animals, the rustling of wind through the grasses and the smell of herbs.

At 140m2 for the main and upper floor, Euclid is approximately half the size of a typical new house in Toronto. The modest floor area is compensated by an open plan coupled by 3.5m ceilings. Floor-to-ceiling glazed doors along the east and west facades and a large skylight invite natural light into the heart of the house, significantly reducing the need for artificial lighting. Operable windows and doors, ceiling fans and planted roofs keep the house comfortable in the summer, eliminating any need for air-conditioning.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame

The plan responds to the requirements of a small site and a busy urban family. The living and dining rooms bookend an open kitchen/work area. A spine of millwork establishes a central node for meeting, dining and entertaining. Bedrooms are dispersed to the upper and below-grade levels, providing parents and their teenage children with distinct and private zones. Deployed on two levels for further privacy and to give spaciousness to the floor below, the second floor, consists of a den, bathroom and compact bedroom with an adjoining dressing/storage area.

The house is designed for optimal flexibility, including the shifting demographic of its occupants. The den doubles as a guest room. The surface beside the kitchen is a home office, a place for breakfast, homework and meetings. When the children move out, the basement is designed to easily convert into a two-bedroom apartment. In so doing, the basement will supplement the household income and maintain density.

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Irfan Ghazali · October 29, 2011

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Encep · June 21, 2011

I like it.

REHA GERÇEK · April 22, 2010

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William · December 19, 2009

Este es un proyecto coherente, responde a la necesidad real de una ciudad y demuestra que sin ser espectacular puede resolverse de manera eficaz un proyecto.

anavic · December 17, 2009


Arquipablo · December 17, 2009

I like it, great job!

public eye · December 17, 2009


sheri · August 15, 2012 05:16 AM

Yes, unfortunately even if you appreciate modern architecture (which I do though I don't love it usually) this is a dime a dozen. Don't mean to be rude, I've really tried to like it but it's basically any house from Dwell plonked down in a street of Victorians and Edwardians.

Tosh · December 16, 2009

Nice one.

majchers · December 16, 2009

Way to go guys, way to go...! Great job. I love it.
Cheers from the Stampede city, eh...!

Mario Bijou · December 16, 2009

Très beau projet.
Bonne et pertinante réponse sur une parcelle difficile.

Aaron Bowman · December 16, 2009

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jonas · December 16, 2009

this, i like

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