ARIDO Award: Windfield
Inspired by the large property with surrounding woodland views, a unique architectural ‘pod’ style concept was created based on dividing the functions of the home into three practical zones; a private primary wing, centralized living space, and separated guest wing. The contemporary architectural features set the tone for the interior space which was balanced with warm natural materials to create a cozy and comfortable living space within.
Interior Designers: Melissa Franklin, ARIDO; Stephanie Duncan, ARIDO
Design Firm: Madison Taylor
Photographer: Niamh Barry Photography
Connection to nature has been implemented throughout by maximizing views to the outdoors. Indoor and outdoor connection is facilitated by a multitude of covered outdoor seating areas. This protection from elements allows for the spaces to be used throughout the year and thus maximizes their access to those areas.
The client, a well-established chef and entrepreneur was keen to create a space with multiple entertainment zones. The central pod was laid out with the primary focus on everyday tasks and entertaining , featuring the kitchen, dining, great room and a large chef’s pantry right next to the kitchen, hidden by integrated millwork doors. The vaulted wood ceiling throughout this central pod unifies these indoor spaces with the covered porch and adds a sense of warmth to the tall ceilings.
The modern glass and exposed steel are met with a welcoming contrast of a variety of wood tones that interact to create a cohesive sense of warmth. They are integrated through the installation of angled wood flooring down hallways and custom furniture with natural rope accents. Upon entering the great room in the central pod, the soothing sound of a crackling fire can be heard from the grand stone column which features a wood burning fireplace on each side, contributing to a cozy atmosphere despite the open concept layout.
Flanking either end of the centralized living space are the primary wing and guest wing, each of which allow the occupants to meander down a private hallway into their own separate zones. The primary suite features expansive views to the outdoors with large windows mimicking the peak of the structure and a private outdoor lounge enclosed by a privacy wall. This creates a private outdoor space for the clients to enjoy which is also protected from the elements. The guest wing on the opposite side of the home features a full suite as well as two additional bedrooms with a functional shared bathroom.
Highlighting art from Canadian creatives was one of the key directive from the client and can be seen integrated throughout the home. The house features two vibrant paintings completed by a Canadian artist Julia Veenstra which capture Canada’s dynamic landscape in vivid colours and serve as an inspiration for the accent colours throughout the home. Down both main corridors, beautifully framed pieces by the local Osgoode Company are displayed and highlighted by burnished brass picture lights, each of which were selected by the homeowner to reflect meaningful places to him.
Acting as a transition space into the home from the garage is the two- part mudroom. It’s easily accessible from the outside, ensuring the home stays clean and mud can be washed off after hiking through the surrounding forests. Sometimes the design of a space requires us to consider the needs of pets as well. To ensure the client’s furry friends are comfortable and happy in the space we also designed a dog shower and integrated food and water stations. A door separates the dog wash room space from the extended mudroom hallways that lead toward the central pod and feature an abundance of storage space.
Wandering down the custom staircase, the clients can take advantage of an expansive and inspiring gym which features state of the art equipment. Adjacent to the gym is a cedar clad rock sauna, promoting overall health and wellness through the traditional practices of Finnish steam bathing. Additionally, the basement features a music room, where instruments have been displayed and are easily accessible to encourage use.
The success of this project could best be described by this quote from the client; "I’ve never been more excited to share my space with family and friends! The team listened to my wish list and brought each item to life in a way that fused the architecture and interior design together perfectly. The pod design and outdoor kitchen are perfect for entertaining and help bring the outside in. The result is a cozy, comfortable and practical home that perfectly suits my lifestyle and I couldn’t be happier."
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