These Are Toronto’s Architects (part 1): Hariri Pontarini Architects

Being from Toronto and realizing how many social media friends I have from all over the world, I thought it was important that I showcase local talent…for my inaugural “Toronto Architect Blog Series”, I’ll be featuring one of Toronto’s finest architect firms, founded by Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini of Hariri Pontarini Architects.

They designed the “Ravine Residence” project back in 2006. It was the first time I fell in love with the modern movement (well actually, truth be told…Frank Lloyd Wright started my love affair with modern homes…but I mean seeing it done in ‘my city’). The ‘Ravine Residence’ spans an impressive 11,600 sq.ft. The project was managed by Siamak Hariri, Partner-In-Charge.  In 2010 it won the “Tucker Design Award of Excellence”  (one of the most prestigious architectural design awards in North America).

Here’s a photo essay of the “Ravine Residence” by Hariri Pontarini Architects:

Accented in earthy tones of French limestone, wood detailing, rift-cut oak and teak windows, this private home is juxtaposed with the natural greenery of the adjacent ravine.

The property is, in essence, a two-acre room enclosed by a natural wall of fir trees.

Designed to accommodate the integration of life with nature, the external treatment of this house explores a carefully honed language of natural materials, while the slightly curved front façade is carefully sculpted, presenting a solid entity to the street.

Located within a large ravine system in a North Toronto neighbourhood, this private residence not only takes advantage of the surrounding expansive natural vistas, but also creates a close relationship with its immediate environment.

The house opens to the back, inviting nature to interact with the everyday living of its residents.

The sculpted space of this private residence resonates an understanding of human comfort. 

Here’s a short interview with the howeowner of the Ravine Residence and his thoughts on building the extraordinary home!

I can only hope to one day stage or decorate a home as stunning as this!

Stay tuned for the next feature on Toronto Architects!

Until then…”Live with Style!”




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