South Hill Deep Green Heritage Restoration
A carefully orchestrated synthesis of resource and energy-efficient additions, heritage restoration, and deep green retrofit to a Toronto Art Deco masterpiece. The Daniels’ Residence is a symphony of 21st-century sustainability: taking advantage of the existing site orientation to maximize vistas and capture cooling breezes from the adjacent low-lying lands, harnessing passive solar heating and cooling, and a variety of creative reuse opportunities that presented themselves in the original structure.
Further sustainable strategies include: rainwater collection for irrigation, highly-effective insulation, light-coloured roofing designed with provisions for green roof installation, energy-efficient doors and windows, geo-exchange heating and cooling, multiple optimally-sized heat pumps efficiently zoned throughout the house, solar thermal hot water, sun shading devices, thermal mass concrete floors, hydronic radiant floor heating, and best-possible indoor air quality strategies.
The Daniels’ spectacular collection of art, furniture and light fixtures fills a home that is just as breathtaking in form. As stylish as it is green and sustainable, the ingenious ‘reimagination’ of its landmark Art Deco nascence is a testament to David, Kate and team’s mission to preserve the old, while weaving in the new.
Approvals included Committee of Adjustment and Urban Forestry.