ShadowBox is a minimalist property located in Toronto, Canada, designed by Johnson Chou. This project is an exploration of the essence of architecture: to enable the witnessing of the passage of time by capturing the elusive play of light and shadow, and to engender a heightened sense of movement through varying spatial scales and experiences.
Located in the Upper Beaches area of Toronto, the residence faces a busy, at times cacophonous arterial road and as a result the exterior openings were minimized to a single horizontal strip window. Entrance into the residence is at the midpoint of the building accessed through a side lane. The entrance foyer is located between the Dining and Kitchen/Breakfast areas. The east-west orientation of the building allows for morning light at breakfast and evening light at dinner. From the one-storey kitchen, the dining room is double-height and the living room is triple-height, invoking a sense of expansion or compression as one flows through the home.
Design: Johnson Chou