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Ontario farm property gets a modern addition

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Mineral Springs home by Toronto architect, Superkül

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The 1,000-square-foot addition to the Georgian farmhouse is a rectangular box clad in oxidized CorTen steel.

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Ten-foot-high glazed walls line much of the robust, rust-red façade. Polished concrete floors run throughout.

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'When Agneiszka and I met our tastes were very different,’ says Michael (the owners wished to use only their first names.) with a chuckle. 'I loved modern architecture while she preferred traditional design. Maybe that is partly why we have ended up living in this house of contrasting styles.'

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A large vegetable garden, a pond and acres of rolling hills and forest extend far beyond the property’s 17 acres. Occupants of the house overlook it all through those massive windows. ‘The views are wonderful,’ says Agneiszka. 'From our position on the hill we feel totally connected with nature and the elements. And, if we turn and look back at the farmhouse, we can see and feel the history of the property, too.’

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'The glazed link could be seen as an extended threshold between the two buildings. It has enabled us to put some breathing space between them, so preserving the distinct aesthetic and ambience of both,' says Superkül principal Andre D’Elia. The link pushes the addition away from the main house, creating a protected courtyard space and sheltered lawn.

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Mineral Springs home by Toronto architect, Superkül

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'It is wonderful to watch the seasons from within our beautiful new space and to be able to completely open up the house in the summer,' says Agneiszka.

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