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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

House of the week: 194 Roxborough Drive

This house has been written about many many times over the years and it's no surprise why: it's one of the most unique homes in Toronto, if not North America.194 Roxborough drive torontoBuilt in 2010 for the late mathematician James Stewart, it's dubbed the "Integral House" as it's modeled after the mathematical symbol. It has won several architectural awards and was even the set of a Chantal Kreviazuk music video.

194 Roxborough drive torontoThe home is an impressive 18,000-square-foot house built into the hillside. The three lower stories are built into the ravine, below street level, with only the two uppermost stories visible from the street.

194 Roxborough drive torontoThe back of the house is glass and oak and the design incorporates environmentally friendly features, such as geothermal heating and cooling and planted roofs.

194 Roxborough drive torontoThe interior of the house is an architectural marvel. With curved wood, soaring ceilings and windows overlooking the ravine, it represents modern architecture at its finest.

194 Roxborough drive torontoThe blue glass staircase is one of the more intriguing aspects of the house, giving the feeling of walking through water.

194 Roxborough drive torontoThe home only has four bedrooms and the configuration isn't the most family friendly. Also, the fact that there's a sunken bathtub might be a bit troublesome, especially if anyone has curious toddlers.

194 Roxborough drive torontoThat being said, the minimalist aesthetic is beautiful if you're not worried about kids falling into a tub.     

194 Roxborough drive torontoThe indoor pool is possibly the coolest thing ever; at the flick of a switch an entire wall of glass disappears into the floor and the indoor pool is magically transformed into an outdoor pool. Seriously, you only see that kind of stuff in movies!194 Roxborough drive toronto

194 Roxborough drive torontoGood For

Hosting performances and events. The space was built specifically for various kinds of artistic performances with the high ceilings and open spaces. In fact, when Stewart lived in the house, he hosted over a dozen events a year here.

194 Roxborough drive torontoMove On If

You want a more family friendly house and you don't have $21 million burning a hole in your pocket.  194 Roxborough drive toronto

by Misha Gajewski via blogTO

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