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Split House

Toronto, On

Sited amongst a series of row houses on Nassau St. is a modest structure with a split personality. Located in Kensington Market — a neighborhood historically occupied by skilled tradesmen and laborers — this is a curious single-story example of the prototypical Toronto 3-story row house typology. The desire to define ownership and territory creates a Janus-faced exterior elevation. Paint, plaster, shingles and window coverings serve to demarcate the border between the two dwellings and identities. As our cities become more densely built, it’s interesting to think how we as designers might embed the potential for personal expression of inhabitants in the street-fronts of the multi-dwelling buildings and towers that help symbolize our urban fabric.