Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

The Dovercourt House draws upon, and re-interprets, many elements of traditional Japanese architecture, and marries those elements with a love for colour and texture.

Instead of the popular open concept which breaks the barrier between foyer and living, reminiscent of a traditional Japanese genkan is used to separate these two areas. And it functions perfectly! Shoes can be stored discreetly under the floating millwork. Part height mill-work floats in the space to define an entry-way, provide storage, and frame views into the rooms beyond. The millwork, along with a changes in flooring material, and in elevation, mark the foyer as distinct from the rest of the house.

An old wood box sits upon a metal plinth, framed between delicate wood and metal screens. It is a precious family heirloom from Mark’s ancestors’ time in the internment camps of B.C. through the second world war. From size-wise, the living room is relative compact. Hence, instead of normal sofa and chair, a uniquely curved upholstered seat that lines three walls is set up for conversations, music listening, lounging, reading, napping, etc.

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

The dining room is sunken one step to create a sense of comforting enclosure, bounded by a modern interpretation of a traditional shoji screen. A change in wood flooring pattern marks the room as distinct, the herringbone texture reminiscent of customary woven tatami mats. A custom bar unit straddles the change in elevation to display liquor and bar-ware and provide storage for table settings & dinnerware.

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

The design and material of the second floor is decidedly more casual, more eclectic and incorporates color & texture referencing vintage, mid-century design. Overall, it is a pretty nice house. There are many interesting designing ideas. Personally, I love the genkan idea, especially the floating mill-work for storing shoes underneath. The kitchen by itself looks nice, but I found it doesn’t really aligned with the whole house’s design. What do you think of?

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

Dovercourt House in Toronto, Canada

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