Walmer Loft

The original upper floor of this older Toronto residence was comprised of a densely packed group of small, poorly illuminated, wood-paneled rooms. Through the removal of most interior partitions, save for one division between the public and private areas, the loft has been made to feel more spacious, while new and enlarged windows bring increased natural light to the open plan. Built-in elements, such as custom cabinetry and a two-sided fireplace are designed as framing devices - they partially screen and define areas in the main space while providing strategically framed views. Conceptualized as graphic elements adapted to three-dimensional forms, these L-shaped forms are a nod to the owner’s occupation as a graphic designer.

A new loft mezzanine was created by opening the original living room ceiling into a previously unused attic, creating a double height space. The addition of a new double-height window within this space allows for a view of the historic Casa Loma stables across the road, acknowledging the significance of the location and flooding the space with natural light. The upper loft, accessed by a floating mahogany stair and light steel railing, is used as a study and library. The use of warm red woods, crisp geometric lines and a play of smooth and textured materials reflect the owner’s Asian heritage, while curated display areas showcase his collection of intriguing Asian and modern artifacts.

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