South Hill Deep Green Heritage Restoration
The Daniels Residence is a carefully orchestrated synthesis of resource and energy-efficient additions, heritage restoration, and deep green retrofit to a Toronto Art Deco masterpiece. A symphony of 21st-century sustainability, the design takes advantage of the existing site orientation to maximize vistas and capture cooling breezes from the adjacent low-lying lands, harnesses passive solar heating and cooling, and exemplifies a variety of creative reuse opportunities that presented themselves through working with the original structure.
Further sustainable strategies include: rainwater collection for irrigation; highly-effective insulation; green roofs; 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; light shelves; 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 and Kate Daniels and their team’s mission to preserve the old while weaving in the new.
Location: Toronto, ON
Lot Size: 1,900m²
Building Gross Floor Area: 836m², 9,000 ft²
Project Lead: Paul Dowsett
Energy Use Intensity (Actual): 171 kWh/m²
Total Energy Demand Reduction from Typical: 38%
Structural: Halsall Associates
Heritage: Paul Dowsett, Architect
Interiors: Phillip Moody
Alternative Energy: Generation Solar
Landscape: Holbrook & Associates Ltd.
Contractor: Coheze Developments Ltd.
Principal-in-Charge 2005-2008: Paul Dowsett, Architect (Scott Morris Architects Inc.)
Principal-in-Charge 2009-2013: Paul Dowsett, Architect (Sustainable)
Photography: George Opreff