Architects Christine Ho Ping Kong and Peter Tan, the couple behind architecture firm Studio Junction, designed and built this combination live/work space in Toronto after a long search in 2001. Originally a contractor’s warehouse and storage yard, the couple chose to start with the most basic structure they could find to allow themselves maximum creative freedom when designing their future home and office. The result is a dwelling that, from most exterior angles, still looks distinctly industrial. Inside, however, multiple open air courtyards create bright, flexible indoor and outdoor spaces for a family of four. Stone flooring and wood on nearly every other surface foster an organic atmosphere inside, contrasting the industrial surroundings and cinder block exterior walls. A new glassed in pavilion sits in the former storage yard and houses the day to day operations of Studio Junction.
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