Posted on Fri, 5 Jun 2009 by KiM

I finally got a chance to flip through the latest issue of Canadian House & Home that’s been sitting on my kitchen counter tempting me most of the week, and I was excited to find a Canadian architectural firm in the magazine whose work is mesmerizing. Based in Toronto, superkül is the award-winning firm of Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia. A modern cottage retreat that they designed is featured in the magazine, which some photos can be found below, but first I wanted to feature a completed renovated home I found on their website.

Formerly a blacksmith’s shop, then a horse shed and then an artist’s apartment and studio, they did amazing things to turn this into a single family home, despite regulations that no additional openings in the walls were allowed for more light. In this case they had to get it from above. I am completely in awe of this transformation.

Here is the cottage I mentionned, a 2000 sq.ft. modern stunner on the Georgian Bay. (Photos by Tom Arban, superkül and Lorne Bridgman)

kim. says:

Thanks for the tip Helene. We prefer comments to relate to the post so I've removed it.

Elaine says:

I am loving the natural materials in these pictures.

Wow! I'm speechless. What amazing buildings and clever clever use of space.

WOW – I love that last place!! Lovely.

Deb says:

The renovated blacksmith's shop now looks so much like the typical "casa chorizo" of Buenos Aires in the late 1800s and early 1900s – basically a "U" shape with all rooms opening onto an open side patio. Many have been beautifully and ingeniously renovated. LOVE your blog, by the way – it's my first stop after checking emails in the morning.

Lindsay says:

I love superkul. There's been a big discussion of their offices in Toronto on after someone critized the building for not fitting into the "heritage" neighbourhood but I feel that their work fits very well into environments and surrounding architecture. I love their work and wish we could see more work like it in Vancouver. In particular I really like their use of wood, which softens all the shapes.

Yoli says:

This is what I love and it looks so effortless. It is really not only a design choice but a lifetstyle choice where you invite tranquility by clearing the clutter.

Saw the TO do over on a design show the other day, it is impressive, thanks for sharing the inspiration

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