Mount Pleasant House

Mount Pleasant House

Roundabout Studio
Toronto, ON, Canada
Project Year
Private Houses
Andrew Snow
Product Spec Sheet

Ground Floor flooring – MiPlankNorthern Wide Plank
Lighting ConsultantDark Tools
Kitchen Island – Zodiaq Quartz "Snow White“ counter-topsDupont Corian
Cladding – "Tectiva“ Fibre Cement Panels, with ¾“ Douglas fir boards, stainedEternit
Windows and Sliding Glass Doors – "Europa“ (windows) and "MS60“ (glass doors)Tiltco

Product Spec Sheet
Ground Floor flooring – MiPlank
Lighting Consultant
Kitchen Island – Zodiaq Quartz "Snow White“ counter-tops
Cladding – "Tectiva“ Fibre Cement Panels, with ¾“ Douglas fir boards, stained
by Eternit
Windows and Sliding Glass Doors – "Europa“ (windows) and "MS60“ (glass doors)
by Tiltco

Mount Pleasant House

Roundabout Studio as Project Management

For more than half a century this site was home to Cruickshank's, a neighbourhood fixture and much-loved flower bulb distributor. Sadly, Cruickshank's closed in 2001 and vacated the building. A few owners later, a local music enthusiast purchased it, seeing it as an opportunity to revive the site, creating an exciting house with a meaningful presence on the street. In 2012 he commissioned Roundabout Studio to convert the two connected yet disparate buildings into a single cohesive new home with a focus on music and entertainment.

Located directly on a busy Toronto thoroughfare, the house provides shelter from the street, with only a few, carefully placed windows. A long hallway leads to the protected interior foyer, where the home opens up to the sky with a quiet, light-filled interior that belies the building's location. The main spaces are organized around an interior courtyard and a series of large-scale skylights that help to stream sun into the depths of the building, while retaining a great amount of privacy.

To accommodate large-scale events, the public zone consists of an open plan kitchen and dining room, living room, interior courtyard and a double height performance area, located in the heart of the building. The individual spaces all look upon each other in multiple ways, offering the building a reflexive quality. Depending on how these spaces are utilized, the home feels equally suited for one person or one hundred.

Located above the former cold storage room, the interior courtyard contains a 16' tall Cor-ten steel light feature that references the building's former life as a bulb warehouse. The back-lit perforations reveal a group of super sized tulips, a nod to Cruickshank's reputation for high-quality and interesting tulip bulbs. Facing the street, the perforated window screens are all small sections of the larger pattern, offering an abstract, fragmented glimpse of the feature inside.

Restored to prominence in the neighbourhood, the revitalizing overhaul ensures that the building will remain a proud part of the Toronto streetscape for many years to come.

Material Used :

1. Cladding – Eternit „Tectiva“ Fibre Cement Panels, with ¾“ Douglas fir boards, stained

2. Windows and Sliding Glass Doors – Tiltco "Europa" (windows) and "MS60" (glass doors)

3. Ground Floor flooring – Northern Wide Plank "MiPlank"

4. Kitchen Island – Quarter-cut American black walnut cabinets with Dupon Zodiaq Quartz "Snow White“ counter-tops

5. Dining Room Table – Designed by Roundabout Studio, fabricated by Patina F.C. with Old Soul Carpentry Club – existing wood studs from site demolition and acid-finished cold-rolled steel

6. Fireplace – Quarter-cut American black walnut and acid-finished cold-rolled steel

7. Reclaimed Cold Storage Door – Sourced from Metropolis Living

8. Bar – Acid-finished cold-rolled steel cabinets

9. Stairs – Designed by Roundabout Studio, fabricated by mrail.

10. Exterior Courtyard Light Feature – Designed by Roundabout Studo, fabricated by Integrated Metal, lighting and installation by Old Soul Carpentry Club

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