An Integrated Piece of Architecture

Designed by Alva Roy Architects this multi-unit building forms a distinct street edge with sharp, orthogonal geometries

Multi-unit building by Alva Roy Architects

Fact File

Type: Triplex Residential
Location: Toronto
Built Surface: 3600-sqft
Contractor: Alva Roy Architects
Year of Completion: 2020
Photography: Greg Van Riel

Multi-unit building by Alva Roy Architects

Situated on a long and narrow midtown lot backing onto a laneway, in the Bloor West neighborhood of Toronto, The Brother’s Residence is an integrated piece of architecture that provides 3,600-sqft of living space for three families.

The interior spaces cater to the functional needs of the families without compromising on the form. The efficiently planned and lit living spaces are spread over four levels in three units. Each unit has separate means of egress to proficiently address the fire and building code, and separate laundry and furnace rooms.

Designed to carefully integrate into the surrounding streetscape, the house presents as an appropriate and contextually scaled three-story structure with a combination of rich and natural materials that predominate the façade of the building. The combination of sawed Eramosa stone and Shou Sugi Ban cedarwood are complemented by porcelain floor tiles and anodized aluminum laser cut screen walls.

The interior stairs are crafted from oak panels, matched by similarly pre-engineered oak floors and handrails lit up by the skylights. A rear balcony off the main floor, a lower-level courtyard, and a front-facing terrace at the third-floor master suite ensure private outdoor relaxation. This connection to the outdoors beside the large windows can also be fully enjoyed from the homes’ interior spaces.
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