Modern, Case Study
The Making of Natural Modern: David’s House
Mississauga, ON | Completed 2013
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Organic architecture is about letting the surrounding land influence a building’s design. The design of David’s House is rooted in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style architecture; an aesthetic celebrated for its integration with the natural environment. Low-sloping roof pitches mixed with flat roof areas, angled walls and exaggerated eave overhangs are defining characteristics of the Prairie school. They reinforce the extreme horizontality of the home, which helps to ground the dwelling to its surrounding property. Natural materials – stone, wood, glass – mass the exterior and further connect the home to the natural environment.
When designing the interior, David was inspired by the things that bring joy to his life – his family, his cottage, hockey – and incorporated an element of each into the details of the design. The stone hearth of the fireplace was selected and shipped from David’s family cottage, the backyard was allotted space for a skating rink, and the oversized sliding doors that separate his twin daughters’ bedrooms allow them enjoy a shared space or private bedrooms. These are elements totally unique to the family and an integral part of creating a custom home.
Construction: Tony Ferkul Construction Management
Photography: Jason Hartog
BILD Renovation & Custom Homes Awards 2013
Winner of Best Custom Home
Ontario Home Builders’ Association
Awards of Distinction 2013
– Most Outstanding Custom Home (2,501 to 5,000sf)
– Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen
– Most Outstanding New Home Bathroom
City of Mississauga
Urban Design Awards 2013
Award of Merit for Site Layout and Context
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