Situated on the edge of a beautifully wooded ravine park in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood, the Wolf House is an early archetypical work of American master architect, Barton Myers. Cited as the Canadian design that “most anticipated the 21st century,” the Wolf House utilizes off-the-shelf industrial materials in an elegant new way.
Floor to ceiling glass walls incorporate the exterior into the interior environment creating an extraordinary sense of endless space, tranquility and expansiveness. The steel skeleton of the house, ducts and conduits are all exposed and define a new functional aesthetic. The interior is not so much defined by a collection of rooms, but is rather an expression of a substantial volume that blends different living areas into a singular architectural idea.
The Wolf House has been featured in many international publications and received many awards. Among them, the Architectural Record House of the Year Award in 1977 and the Prix du XXe siècle in 2007 from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, which “recognizes the enduring excellence of nationally significant architecture, such as landmark buildings in the historical context of Canadian Architecture”.
Through the evolution of the Wolf House, some of North America’s most renowned designers and architects updated the interiors and landscape including designers Yabu Pushelberg; landscape architect, Walter Kehm and architect/designer Heather Faulding.
The Wolf House is considered one of the most important achievements of twentieth century North American architecture.
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