RAVINE HOUSE

RAVINE HOUSE

Architect
Drew Mandel Architects
Location
Toronto, Canada | View Map
Project Year
2007
Category
Housing

Private Houses
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RAVINE HOUSE

Drew Mandel Architects as Architects

This replacement residence is referred to as Ravine House, as it is both oriented around and fundamentally concerned with its wooden ravine setting. The ground floor steps down to follow the sloping site topography, resulting in one-and-a-half-height spaces at the ravine edge. Glass walls define the interior and exterior. A steel structure permits spaces to be cast into the ravine and allows oversized sliding glass and mahogany panels to provide direct access and a real connection to the exterior.


A rear terrace, garden wall, and "lookout" pavilion complete the residence and the occupation of the ravine site as a coherent whole. At the junction of the built and the natural these landscape features reconcile the modern home with the sublime and the wild and undomesticated site. Fundamentally, though, the architectural intent is to simply mark a private perch at the edge of a wooded ravine setting.


The project also makes an appearance in Atom Egoyan's film Chloe (2010). The Ravine House serves as the setting for many of the film's key scenes.

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