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View of the main stair from living room/performance space.

The Integral House

The Integral House

  • View looking across stair to living room/performance space.

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    View looking across stair to living room/performance space.

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    James Dow

    View looking across stair to living room/performance space.

  • The entrance and reflecting poo of Integral House, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

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    The entrance and reflecting poo of Integral House, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

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    James Dow

    The entrance and reflecting poo of Integral House, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

  • View of the main stair from living room/performance space for music.

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    View of the main stair from living room/performance space for music.

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    Ed Burtynsky

    View of the main stair from living room/performance space for music.

The Integral House by Toronto-based Shim-Sutcliffe Architects incorporates a 200-person performance space for music, and myriad sustainable features such as geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof, and vertical wood fins that provide sun shading as well as acoustical benefits. Materials were selected for their aesthetics as well as life-cycle costs.

Jury: “The relationship of the home to both its musical program and its surrounding environment was superbly articulated. … The louvered vertical fins modulate the light and views to the exterior surroundings, as well as correlate to music theory rooted in strong rhythm and syncopation.”

Client: “I had two major requirements. One, I wanted curves. Although Brigitte [Shim] and Howard [Sutcliffe] had not used curves in their previous work, they have come up with some particularly beautiful curves. … The other requirement was a performance space. And I think they’ve done a brilliant job of incorporating the performance space into the everyday workings of the house. It’s not a separate thing.” —James Stewart, owner