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A House With Two Faces: You'll Never Guess What It Is Like Inside...
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A House With Two Faces: You'll Never Guess What It Is Like Inside...

Picture of Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 2 April 2017
Walking by on the street in Toronto, you may come to the conclusion that this 116-year-old home is just another beautiful heritage property. Open the door, however, and you’re in for a surprise…
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

Aptly called the Bilateral House, this family home in the Period Revival style has been given a thoroughly modern makeover on the inside, thanks to a new addition to the rear by architecture and interior design firm Audax.

© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

“Bilateral House is characterized by its two unique façades. The main façade is heritage, while the rear is distinctly modern. At first glance, each side appears to be different, however upon a closer look you begin to understand how they are related,” said Gianpiero Pugliese, Principal of Audax.

© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

The interior design strategy followed suit with a design that both honored the original character of the house and satisfied the homeowners’ affinity for a modern gallery aesthetic. To achieve this duality, Audax integrated old and new elements throughout both portions of the home.

© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

For example, the traditional wood flooring is extended into the modern addition through the center of the house, but is then contrasted with contemporary polished concrete flooring on either side.

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© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

Similar juxtapositions of raw and rough materials with refined and smooth components are overtly expressed throughout the home, such as an exposed concrete wall with a steel beam left unfinished.

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© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

To see more of Audax’s work, click here.