Seamless Connectivity

Cecconi Simone Inc. designs a contemporary house that complements its surroundings without blending in

Fact File
Project Name: Lawrence Park
Type: Residence
Size: 8,657-sqft
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Interior Design: Cecconi Simone Inc.
Architecture: Richard Wengle Architect Inc.
Photography: Shai Gil

Surrounded by the traditional homes of Toronto’s Lawrence Park - an established neighbourhood, the house features a quiet, restrained, and elegant design, and melds landscape, architecture, and interiors seamlessly.

The interiors maximize natural daylight and views of the pool and yard. Incorporating a material palette that was spare, light, and sophisticated, the home is sleek yet warm and inviting. Blonde wood floors, white cabinetry and black fireplace surrounds are combined with barn board accents.

Concealed ductwork and an absence of bulkheads maximize ceiling heights throughout all primary rooms. Warmth is introduced through texture and the movement of light. To reinforce a sense of space and connection with the outdoors, there is a continuity of finishes and lighting, inside and out, and the public and private spaces have been carefully delineated.

A contemporary cantilevered wood staircase, set behind a glass screen, features floating treads, while large windows and a skylight at the top of the stairs fill the space with natural light. A double-volume space, the family room has two-storey views overlooking the yard and pool.

The kitchen is clad in back-painted white glass cabinetry behind which most appliances and the TV are integrated. The pantry, clad in timber board, divides the private area from the public zone.

Upstairs, is the master retreat with views overlooking the back yard, the children’s bedrooms with ensuite bath and walk-in closets, and a separate guest room. The lower level integrates spa-like change rooms for the pool, as well as a gym, home theatre, climate-controlled cantina, a recreational room, and there’s another room which is part music library, part office.

The play of lighting creates magical spaces as daylight moves through the home to night-time, and when lighting is controlled with a programmable system, the home constantly transforms.