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Three Brick Houses with Lighter-Than-Air Facades

In the facades of three light-filled homes, this traditional building material is a blockbuster

By Designlines

One of Toronto’s most recognizable typologies – red brick – is being revisited. Earlier this year, we reported on a new Chicago-designed rental tower at Bloor and Sherbourne that’s embracing the retro Toronto look. In residential neighbourhoods, where infills mediate between existing house styles and cutting-edge design, brick is an experienced diplomat. (Especially where sceptical neighbours are concerned).

Brick houses aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though. Take the traditional Victorian dwellings in old neighbourhoods like the Annex and Cabbagetown that are gloriously textured on the outside, but period-drama gloomy within. Dispelling the shadows is a new generation of brick houses — designed by such architecture firms as Gabriel Fain, Batay-Csorba and KPMB — that let light shine through their solid facades.

In this series, writer Amrit Phull tours three magnificent brick houses that champion this age-old building block. Click on the homes below to reveal their light-filled interiors.

Gabriel Fain Architects Brick Cantilever Home Toronto

A Brick Cantilever Shakes Up a Quiet Street

KPMB’s Thornwood House Draws Outside the Lines