Rising 12 storeys at the corner of Dundas Street West and Watkinson Avenue, Junction House will be a defining landmark at the eastern edge of Toronto’s thriving Junction neighbourhood. This mid-rise condominium building proposes a residential alternative to both house and high-rise, achieving critical density while maintaining human scale and a sensitive response to context. Retail at grade ensures a continuously active street edge that translates into a positive contribution of commercial enterprise to the community. Three floors of underground parking accommodate 93 vehicles, and space for over 200 bicycles encourages an environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
The first five floors of Junction House are clad in an earthy textured red brick that echoes the materiality of the historic neighbourhood buildings, while the uppermost floors are defined by a paler neutral-toned brick that minimizes the perception of height by merging discreetly with cloud and sky. By placing the windows at an oblique angle in the two-storey units comprising the upper half of the building, residents will enjoy prime views of the downtown skyline. Moreover, the angled windows articulate a rhythmic cadence to the street-facing façade, resulting in a dynamic and highly engaging quality to passersby.
Junction House comprises 173 residential units including seven laneway townhouse suites. With a range of unit sizes and layouts featuring up to three bedrooms, the complex accommodates singles and couples of any age, but also families and larger households that require greater privacy and spatial separation. Generous balconies in these larger units permit living space to spill outdoors, granting residents unlimited access to fresh air, sunlight and enjoyment of the cinematic possibilities of the neighbourhood; modest Juliette balconies on the lower-level units achieve these very same goals.
We are delighted that two of our projects have been chosen as winners in the 2017 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Awards. The program, which showcases the best in residential design, recognized both Valley House and Compass House as Merit Award winners. This honour is the first award for our Valley House project, and makes it the fourth award in the past year for Compass House, a peaceful family retreat located in Mulmur, Ontario.
We are looking to add a Senior Architectural Designer to our team. To view the posting, please visit the OAA Employment Opportunities page
SUPER-excited to speak with Universal Music Canada this week, as their design partners for their new headquarters in Liberty Village.
Located in Hoggs Hollow, a neighbourhood in the north area of Toronto, Valley House includes a renovation and addition intended to provide more space for a family of five without losing the modernist qualities of the existing midcentury modern home. Learn more +
Our Compass House project is the Architizer A+Award Jury Winner in the Private House (L 3000-5000 sq ft) Category. The Architizer A+Awards received entries from a 100 countries and represents the best of architecture and design worldwide; we are honoured to be recognized for such. Thank you to all who voted and congratulations to all the finalists and winners. Learn more +
With thousands of homes backing onto 300 kilometres of rear alleys across the city, laneway rentals could become useful sources of supplementary income for homeowners. The Globe and Mail interviews Meg Graham regarding superkül’s experience with the laneway housing typology and provides insight on current research being undertaken.
We are thrilled to share that our Compass House Project has been shortlisted as a 2017 Architizer Award Finalist in the Private House Large (3,000-5,000 sf) category. Public voting for the awards is currently underway, and we would appreciate your support. Please visit the following link to vote: https://vote.architizer.com/
1. Select the green <Sign Up to Vote> box in the top right corner
2. Create a login using your email address
3. You will receive an email confirming your email address
4. Select the link in the email
5. Scroll down the page until you see the AA+ Popular Choice Awards title
6. Just under this to the left you will see: ALL, SEARCH, NEXT, RANDOM
7. Click on the search button and type: Compass House
8. Select the green <VOTE> button under Compass House
9. Click the <Confirm Vote> button in the pop-up
We are looking to add a Senior Project Manager to our team. To view the posting, please visit the OAA Employment Opportunities page.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Azure magazine highlights 30 noteworthy women architects from around the globe, including several Canadian architects amongst whom is our very own Meg Graham. Here’s to empowering women everywhere. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
Join Inform Interiors on March 16th from 5 to 7pm at their 50 Water Street showroom in Vancouver to celebrate the launch of rain gravity heat cold, a book documenting the work and design process of our firm. Co-principal Meg Graham will deliver a presentation on the notion of craft, its greater meaning, and the active role of the designer in shaping a sustainable future. RSVP
In honour of Valentine’s Day, Azure magazine asks architect and designer couples like Daniel Emma, Yabu Pushelberg, Scott & Scott Neri & Hu, superkül, and Jakob + MacFarlane how they stay together – in work and in love.
While multilevel homes are what many families require, the simplicity of a single level home is great for those who want to avoid staircases, have limited mobility, or just want the simplicity of a single story home. Learn more about our +House project and how we adapted the single-storey space to meet the client’s needs.
Learn more about how this vacation home in Ontario was built for a family transitioning back to Canada, and how it was designed to contrast and complement its surroundings in different seasons.
BEAT works in collaboration with local architects to provide a platform for dialogue, networking and mentorship. On January 18th, superkül Principal, Meg Graham hosts a SOLD OUT! BEAT mentorship session in conjunction with the Toronto Offsite Design Festival. Learn more +
Our Mineral Springs, Aesop Queen Street West and Great Gulf Active House projects are now on Architonic, a resource for the best of current design and architecture. Read +
Note that our studio will be closed from Monday December 26th, 2016, to Monday January 2nd, 2017, inclusive. We look forward to connecting with you in 2017!
After another productive year of city building, dozens of notable new additions have been completed in the Greater Toronto Area in 2016. Ranging from low-density boutique condominium developments all the way up to major office towers, UrbanToronto have tracked 40 building completions over the past 12 months, and now you have a chance to pick your favourites.
Our Oben Flats Queen project is shortlisted for an in the ‘well-grounded’ (20 to 51 metre-high) building category. Cast your vote by clicking the <our third annual best buildings poll> link!
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Few building types signal the future of design better than housing. Quick turnaround times, hyper-engaged clients, and specific market needs make it an ideal laboratory for reinventing the fundamentals of shelter. For 17 years, the Residential Architect Design Awards (RADA) have celebrated innovation and excellence at all scales and at all price points. Compass House received an honourable mention in the ‘Custom House More Than 3,000 Square Feet’ category. Congratulations to fellow winners!
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