The East York area of Toronto is rich with small houses on narrow lots. This small addition is conceived as a pair of rectangular volumes that overlap in order to at once appear singular – a part of the base of the existing house – while providing the reading of the two rooms within.

Project Name: 161, East End Addition
Studio Name: Brian O’Brian Architect
Project Size: 650 ft2
Completion Date: 2019
Building Levels: 2
Location: Toronto, Canada
Photography: Scott Norsworthy

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The central space of the second floor is expanded, allowing for the family to pass and gather, with a seating nook nestled over the existing stair.

©Scott Norsworthy

A skylight over the hall, and a small balcony overlooking the floor below both provide this relatively modest house vertical spaces not typically associated with this type of building.

©Scott Norsworthy

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