In Toronto, a city that, like many others across the United States and Canada, is beset by spiking housing costs, a stacked structure by Williamson Chong Architects presents a solution by bringing three generations under one roof in a cost-effective living situation. The new build has been shortlisted for a Design Excellence Award from the Ontario Association of Architects.
The primary residents, a professional couple, their young son, and downsizing parents, compound the savings of communal living by renting out a ground-floor and basement unit.
In addition to a shared courtyard, each family member has a private terrace. The rental unit has its own outdoor space too, in the form of a front yard protected by a hedge.
Adaptability is integral to supporting residents of various ages. Intelligent features, like millwork that can be removed to change the communal spaces' configurations, will enable the home to evolve with its occupants.