The House Seven, a five-story luxury condo in downtown Toronto, has been the subject of numerous urban design studies over the years.
Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, it is one of only a handful of condos in the world that is truly designed as an architectural landmark.
The house, designed by the architectural firm Pritzker Architecture, opened in May of 2018 and sold for $2.75 million in October.
The condo is a stunning example of how an urban designer can bring together the latest and greatest in urban design while simultaneously being mindful of what a modern, modern, and contemporary condo should look like.
Here’s how it was built: In June of 2019, the owners of House Seven made a public announcement that they were going to construct a $5.5 million condo that would be a “modern, modern and contemporary” condo, one that would “make a statement” by being the first such condo in the country to be constructed entirely in sustainable, renewable materials.
A “sustainable” condo is defined as “designed and built in a way that is sustainable in the long term and that provides the highest quality of living for its occupants.”
The condo was to be built on the same site as the recently demolished home of Canadian architect James Rippetoe, who died in 2013.
Rippets property is currently on the market for $1.2 million.
Rizzettoes original design for the building was inspired by the architecture of the 1920s and 1930s.
The original design called for a “sliding floor,” with a central stairway that would connect the floors, allowing the owner to “walk in, out, down, left and right without any staircase,” and an interior stairway for the “main bedroom, bathroom and two-car garage.”
According to the owners, they also wanted to avoid the use of “bulk construction” on the site, which they considered wasteful and a waste of land.
The architects chose a “bias-neutral” façade, which allows “no direct visual distinction between the upper and lower floors” while retaining the “structure and appearance of the house.”
The new condo was “built on a much more contemporary and contemporary design,” and was designed by urban design firm Pilsen Architects, who also designed the existing residential tower.
The new design was “designed to evoke the urban space of Toronto’s downtown core,” which “allows the residential units to be viewed from a large range of points on the ground floor.”
Pritzkers architects were also responsible for a lot of the design details, including the “slide-out” favelas in the main bedroom, which were designed by Pritzkert architect Peter Crammer.
This design also incorporated a “living room” with “an open-plan, open-air fireplace” and a “stairway” that would allow the owner “to take the elevator to the second floor.”
The “living rooms” were also designed to have an open-concept design, which allowed the building to “play host to a range of seating options,” including “suites, apartments, condos, townhomes, and single-family homes.”
Rippetts original plan for the condo was also in place prior to the demolition, which meant the project was on the books for more than a decade before the condo actually opened.
Ripping the roof off of the condo in 2019, and installing a new exterior facade in 2018, meant the condo could be rebranded as a modern luxury condo.
“This is not a luxury condo,” Rizzetts architect told the Toronto Star in 2017.
“It’s a contemporary, contemporary luxury condo.”
The building itself, however, is not modern.
According to Pritzkoert, “This project is not intended to be a luxury development, it’s intended to create a modern condo that is not going to create any more ‘luxury’ condominiums.”
The design team also wanted the condo to be “transparent” and “familiar,” as they felt that “the public needs to know that this condo is not an extension of Rippettys private life.”
This new condo will be “more welcoming, more welcoming, and more welcoming than the original condo,” and “not as an extension.”
According, the design team “felt that it was important to incorporate a sense of mystery and mystery, a mystery that is the heart of the building, to be completely transparent to the public.”
The facade was also designed with the intent of “enhancing the sense of privacy and to create some sort of sense of space that is very personal.”
The developers also designed their condos “to be a safe haven, not a space for people to be at.”
“The condo is designed with privacy as its primary concern,” Pritzkos architects said in a statement.
“There is no expectation that people are going to be in the house all the time