In Toronto, Canada, architect Anthony Provenzano renovated a home for a client that was inspired by the acquisition of a piece by artist Rikrit Tiravanija. "It was a project that started when the clients acquired the other side of the semi-detached home they lived in," says Provenzano. "A decade passed after an initial ‘connection’ renovation and when the clients purchased an art piece by Rirkrit Tiravanija, we were contacted, as it precipitated a major architectural renovation at the rear of the house and a landscape intervention centered about the aforementioned art piece." The resulting renovation, shown above, was completed with an eye towards clarifying the structure's connection to the garden.
A view of the home's rear facade, prior to the renovation and extensive landscaping updates, featured paneled windows and a darker palette.
The home's newly renovated rear facade, which contains the kitchen and dining room, were aligned along the same axis as the backyard pool to create unified, linear sightlines across the property.
The home includes two exterior balconies, for which the garden-oriented sides have cantilevered glass guards to curtail any visual barriers to the garden. Taravanija's sculptural, shed-like pice sits at the end of the pool.
In the dining area, a single glass expanse provides a view to the backyard. "All of our efforts surrounding the glass are to make spaces have no visual barriers between inside and outside," says Provenzano.
Provenzano says the mullion-less glass corners were sited to be as close to the outside perimeter as possible to provide an crystal-clear viewing experience.