Daniels Residence

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.

Toronto, ON
Lot Size:
Building Gross Floor Area:
836m², 9,000 ft²
Project Lead:
Paul Dowsett
Energy Use Intensity:
Actual: 171 kWh/m²
Reduction in Energy Use from Typical:
Halsall Associates
Paul Dowsett, Architect
Phillip Moody
Alternative Energy:
Generation Solar
Holbrook & Associates Ltd.
Coheze Developments Ltd.
Principal-in-Charge 2005-2008:
(Scott Morris Architects Inc.) Paul Dowsett, Architect
Principal-in-Charge 2009-2013:
(Paul Dowsett Architecture Inc. o/a SUSTAINABLE.TO) Paul Dowsett, Architect