TIDA International Interior of the Year
Ancerl Studio – Toronto
This home was commissioned as a home for a family of seven, with the objective of creating a clean, contemporary space while not compromising on functionality.
The contemporary family home, which is approximately 70% glazed, called for warmth from within, which is achieved through the material palette and furnishings.
Architect Nicholas Ancerl based the design on the concept of a Swiss army knife, which as its name suggests, holds a multitude of functions within its apparently solid and streamlined form.
These interiors have an impressive scale, but it is how the spaces are organised and connected that makes the design particularly successful.
One example is the multi-purpose walnut joinery element which spans almost the entire length of the home's main floor, from entry to rear.
The unit as a whole creates division between the public and more private spaces, while also accommodating a secret door to the basement, storage, the fireplace and a tv cabinet.