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A mid-Toronto home that goes beyond franchise modernism

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Home at 478 Brookdale Ave. Toronto architect Lorne Rose was asked by a developer to set down a deluxe modernist residence on the lot.

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Tall white walls elegantly frame the various locations in the open plan of the entry level – the living-room area (accented by a black partition, a polished dark grey marble fireplace and long mantle), the somewhat formal dining area, the quite informal family room off the kitchen.

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Mr. Rose has achieved a graceful proportioning of the inside spaces in the 3,200-square-foot home.

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Mindful contrasts and careful detailing mark both the house’s main level and its four-bedroom upper storey.

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The recessed black base-boards, separated by reveals from the white surfaces above, lend the walls a sense of rootedness and solidity that painted panels of drywall often do not have.

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The austerely sculpted black door frames and the blackened aluminum edges of the windows give crisp definition to these openings. They are more than just holes in the wall, in other words; they are clearly articulated voids that stand out architecturally, as doors and windows always should.

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