Howland Residence, designed by Williamson Chong Architects.

Howland Residence, designed by Williamson Chong Architects.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Williamson Chong Architects

This three-story, turn-of-the-century house is located in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood, an area traditionally populated with students from the nearby University of Toronto. Local firm Williamson Chong Architects turned this neglected brick structure into a multigenerational home, with room for a young family, their grandparents, and a unit for student renters. Service space and family space are organized around a curved wooden staircase—with integrated storage and usable surfaces—that serves as the center of the 2,300-square-foot home. “It has a level of exquisite compositional and material precision that I think really finds a way of blending hard edges and curves,” said Juror Joel Sanders. The warm wood paneling continues through to the living spaces on the second level, strategically deployed as wayfinding and a division of space. Existing historic details, such as a carved balustrade, were restored and carry through to the third floor. “It's a very inviting insertion into this historic house,” juror Gregory Hoss said, noting that “it's just enveloped in warmth. I love it.”

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Renovated second floor.

Renovated second floor.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Renovated yard and rear facade.

Renovated yard and rear facade.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Interior.

Interior.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Renovated exterior.

Renovated exterior.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Wood stair volume.

Wood stair volume.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Existing yard.

Existing yard.

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Existing street-facing facade.

Existing street-facing facade.

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Existing interior stair.

Existing interior stair.

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Stair leading to second floor.

Stair leading to second floor.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Drawings

Floor Plans.

Floor Plans.

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Project Credits

Project  Howland Residence, Toronto
Architect  Williamson Chong Architects, Toronto—Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson (partners); Chris Routley (project architect); Vlad Berezovskiy
GeneralContractor  Derek Nicholson
StructuralEngineer  Blackwell Engineering—Ethan Ghadoni
CustomMillwork  KGA Custom Kitchens—Khang Li
Photography  Bob Gundu  
ProjectSize  2,300 square feet
ConstructionCost  $265 per square foot

MaterialsandSources

Bathroom Cabinets  Custom by KGA Custom Cabinetry
Bathroom Fittings  Vola vola.com
Cooktop  AEG aeg-appliances.ca
Countertops  Caesarstone caesarstoneus.com
Flooring  Stone Tile stone-tile.com
Insulation  Roxul roxul.com
Kitchen Cabinets  Custom by KGA Custom Cabinetry
Kitchen Fittings  Vola vola.com
Lighting Fixtures  Eurolite eurolite.com
Paints and Finishes  Benjamin Moore & Co. benjaminmoore.com
Refrigerator  Liebherr www.liebherr.us
Windows  Custom Sapele windows by Fusil