Ancerl Studio have been shortlisted for Living Space – Canada Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020.
Featuring an immersive layout and soaring triple-height open volumes, the property shines as an impressive entertainment space while remaining intimate and warm through the storytelling juxtaposition of soulful textures and materials. Sorauren 118 is one of two sister properties by Ancerl Studio – it is modern, industrial, and different than anything else in the area, yet it has a quiet and respectful presence in the neighbourhood, while playing off of the many loft buildings that surround it.
With a facade featuring heritage yellow-toned brick, corten steel accents and expansive industrial window frames, the home represents a new generation of contemporary houses. Nostalgic yet modern in its primary form, Sorauren 118 brightens the neighbourhood and lightens the hearts of passers-by and guests alike. It’s floor-to-ceiling walls of mullioned windows frame its urban surroundings, and boasting ceiling heights of up to 30 feet, the multi-leveled home feels like an airy loft proudly expressing its reclaimed structure as a badge of honour.
Ancerl Studio’s design works to maximizes the limited space available, using an immersive layout, high ceilings and grand openings with hand hewn beams and long slit-like window openings on the north side of the home. There is a cohesive, very honest design approach through the home, with every design element considering it’s surroundings, both in the home and out.
While the second level features two bedrooms, the entire third floor is dedicated to the principals’ quarters, including a dramatic bedroom and its private balcony overlooking a curated backyard and mature treetops. A bridge overlooking the below storeys leads to the contemporary bathroom and doubles as an expansive walk-in closet. Fresh and energising, this haven of self-care boasts a modern double vanity, a deep standalone tub and a spacious glass-enclosed shower.
Sorauren 118 blends Canadian heritage with touches of industrialism in a relevant statement of modernity, with the designers following the narrative of a heritage barn brought back to life. Ancerl Studio’s fabrication and installation of the wooden beams was the speciality element of this home, though the residence also offers unexpected gems such as the view of a historic church which creates a playful curiosity.
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