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3 Homes With Unexpected Angles

Radical geometry and unusual floor plans make these modern shaped homes anything but square

By Gregory Furgala

There’s certainly no shortage of neat and tidy, 90-degree angles in Toronto. But we have to ask: why are there so few modern shaped homes? There are a few reasons. For one, 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 good architectural sense. But odd lots do exist, as do architects eager to design outside the box. Here are three great examples of modern geometric homes. If you’re like us, surely you too enjoy a good angle now and then.

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Photo by Riley Snelling

Modern & Geometric

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 this loft’s generous volume, which Mitanidis maximized by adjusting the layout – those stairs used to spoil the space – and with custom millwork that really amps up the volume of storage. Check out this Roncesvalles home with angles here.

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Photo by Naomi Finlay

House with Angles

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 geometric modern home here.

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Photo by Will Jones

Modern Geometry

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 house with angles here.


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