Mackay Laneway House, Toronto Real Estate Development, Canadian Residential Architecture Images
Mackay Laneway House in Toronto
23 Apr 2021
Design: Gabriel Fain Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mackay Laneway House
Designed by Gabriel Fain Architects, in collaboration with Globizen Studio, the new two storey laneway house at 95 Mackay is a study in compact living. This laneway rental unit squeezes all the functions of a downtown Toronto condo onto two 450 square-foot floorplates.
The main floor consists of a kitchen, dining room, living room and powder room. A vibrant mint green stair connects to the second floor with a full bathroom, bedroom, closets and a small office space.
The material palette is deliberately kept simple and straightforward with punches of colour, light and detail. Exposed joists and painted ducts define the ceiling of the main floor – adding warmth and texture. A double height space with a large skylight is carved out of the building providing soft northern light deep into the interior spaces.
The laneway house at 95 Mackay is built on what was once a vacant rear yard of a detached house in the heart of the Corso Italia neighbourhood. This site presented a unique challenge in that a 100 year old tree only inches away had to be protected. The solution was to completely float the building just above the ground on metal piers.
This sense of lightness is contrasted with a bold exterior facade clad in deep corrugated metal panels. Windows are calibrated on the facades to correspond with views towards the street, the laneway and the city beyond.
Who made the kitchen?
What were the key challenges?
The entire building floats above the ground in order to protect a 100 year old tree
Who are the clients and what’s interesting about them?
The client is Globizen. They also have a design division Globizen Studio that collaborated on the design
What building methods were used?
Wood frame construction, helical piers on a steel frame, corrugated metal siding
How is the project unique?
Laneway houses have only recently been allowed to be built in Toronto.
Mackay Laneway House in Toronto, Ontario – Building Information
Architects: Gabriel Fain Architects
Project size: 900 ft2
Site size: 1000 ft2
Project Budget: $400000
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2
Photography: Gabriel Fain Architects
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