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A modernist Toronto home that makes no apologies

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The kitchen.

Andrew Snow

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Harbord Village home by Michael Taylor, partner in the Toronto firm of Taylor_Smyth architects. The streetside face is a straightforwardly modern composition of undecorated, jauntily stacked boxes and crisply defined right angles.

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The materials used for cladding are burnt-black brick, dark zinc, and a ground-floor expanse, almost as wide as the house itself, of Trespa, a super-tough laminate that mimics the appearance of warm wood, but that doesn’t have wood’s vulnerability to weather.

Andrew Snow

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Light floods into the middle of the building from above and the living room area is lit by a tall, very wide glass wall that slides away in good weather, giving on to the small back garden.

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Kitchen detail.

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The fine open-plan interior. is bright, expansive, and deftly, economically detailed.

Photos: Andrew Snow, James J. Burry

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The third-storey studio and terrace.

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The master bathroom.

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View from the second floor.

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The back yard.

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Sheets of blond Trespa cover the garage door and the main entrance, helping the building nestle into its old blond-brick context.

James J. Burry

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