April 26, 2013
This project won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Architecture + Self-Initiated category. See the full list of winners here.
The DIY thing is all well and good for folks who want to build their own tiny homes or renovate a row house. But for those of us who don’t know which way to point a hammer, design self-determination is a daunting prospect. It’s no wonder so many people live in condos!
Frustrated by the lack of choices in downtown Toronto’s housing stock, architects Kyra Clarkson and Christopher Glaisek decided to give archi-philes a readymade option. They formed a company, MODERNest, and began buying up centrally located lots and building sleek infill homes to sell on the market. “We thought, We can provide a turnkey solution for that sort of buyer, who wants something thoughtfully designed,” says Clarkson. “They know what they like when they see it, but they don’t necessarily know how to get it or make it or even find somebody who can make it for them.”
Our A+ Awards jurors took a shine to the duo’s first infill project, MODERNest House 1, which won the jury award in the Self-Initiated category. Read more!