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3 Homes With Unexpected Angles

Radical geometry and unusual floor plans make these homes anything but squared away

By Designlines

There’s no shortage of neat and tidy 90-degree angles in Toronto homes. Most neighbourhoods are free of the meandering roads characteristic of suburban subdivisions, and with space at an ever-increasing premium, building corner-to-corner just makes architectural sense. But odd lots do exist, as do architects eager to design outside the box. From the archives, we’ve rounded up a trio of homes (well, two homes and a cottage) that defy the usual squared-away footprint of Toronto homes.

Creative Union Network
Photo by Riley Snelling

Wedge Issue

At first glance, a wedge may seem like an unnatural floor plan for a home. In hands less capable than Creative Union Network‘s Tim Mitanidis, it might be. But the atypical shape belied the loft’s generous volume, which Mitanidis maximized by adjusting the layout – those stairs used to spoil the space – and with custom millwork. Check out the space here.

Photo by Naomi Finlay

Unboxing

When architect Luc Bouliane co-founded Lebel & Bouliane, he swore that he’d never make a “Toronto addition,” which is more commonly referred to as a box. He kept his promise with this Leslieville addition, whose nine cedar- and aluminum-clad faces created a stunning gateway into the generously proportioned backyard, and which defies any conventional classification. See the full home here.

Photo by Will Jones

Inside Out

Amidst the log cabins and prefabs in Ontario’s cottage country, this Uufie-designed addition is a standout – and that’s not even counting its mirrored facade, which blurs the line between cabin and country. Connected by a single corner, the addition’s atypical geometry opened up new possibilities, including a uniquely pitched loft (pictured), as well as windows that look both out and in. See the full build here.