Ontario’s “J” residence inspired by traditional Scandinavian designs
Tucked away on the side streets of Windsor, Ontario near Lake St. Clair, a Scandinavian-influenced J-shaped residence is the work of Dory Azar Architect Inc.
Illustrating the company’s philosophy of wrapping a home around the lifestyle of guests, the property sits in the 100-year-old floodplain, as identified by the local conservation authority. The design team worked with the Conservation Authority to establish a safe elevation at which to build the house.
First, the three volumes have been compiled to encompass their uses. The first volume contains the private spaces (that is to say, bedrooms and bathrooms). The second contains the entertainment and gathering spaces (that is to say, kitchen, living room and dining room), and the third contains the garage and storage areas. They have been refined to maintain or limit particular views and physical connections between the interior and exterior of the home.
The axis of the private wing of the house is a single busy hallway that separates the bedrooms and the recreation room from the exterior, providing a visual buffer from the main approach to the house. The hallway ends with an outdoor patio, which guests use for reading, drawing, and sometimes an impromptu musical performance. Volumes are long and thin to let in natural light, and concrete floors and light interior color palette make spaces feel brighter and more open.
Construction methods are vernacular and include standard timber framing, polished concrete floors, and custom joinery. Exterior finishes include vertical white cedar siding and metal standing seam roofs.