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Intimate and expansive spaces at Cedarvale Ravine House, Toronto


Ontario-based architectural practice Drew Mandel Architects have designed the Cedarvale Ravine House project. Completed in 2007, the stunning property can be found in Toronto, Canada.

According to the architects: “This in-fill residential project is located at the threshold into the mid-town Toronto Cedarvale Ravine.

“Circulation modulates through a series of intimate and expansive spaces and courtyards to a glass-enclosed single-storey volume at the rear of the property. It is the kitchen and family room and the heart of the house. Large expanses of glass dematerialize the stone building in order to engage and connect to its protected woodland setting. A cantilevered second storey volume frames views, gestures to the landscape and allows the re-naturalized ravine planting to be drawn farther into the site.

This abstract structure is intent on celebrating the everyday rituals of residential life and enhancing the slow unfolding experience of a special site.”

The interior design of the property is contemporary, fresh and bright. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with natural light. In the main living space you can find a circular coffee  table with orange coloured sofas. The contemporary Canadian property also benefits from a small outdoor swimming pool.

Images courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 20, 2013 | Property | View comments

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