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Integral House

Shim-Sutcliffe

Over the past decade, Toronto has shed its stuffy puritan legacy to become the most vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis in Canada. A forest of glass condo towers has sprung up to accommodate immigrants from around the world as well as disenchanted suburbanites who prefer to live close to the center. The arts are flourishing, and top international architects have teamed with the best local talents to enrich the castellated splendor of Victorian monuments with bold new structures. The lakefront has been reclaimed from industry and is being transformed into a linear park. In contrast to this explosion of high-profile development, the partnership of Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe has been quietly seeding the city and the province of Ontario with meticulously crafted galleries and residential buildings. Now, on the edge of a ravine in north Toronto, they’ve created a house that achieves...

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