This breathtaking Toronto home looks like the architect Jenga. played

Homes in Toronto can be quite drab and traditional, tied to a lot of restrictive zoning and neighborhood associations. But every once in a while one will stand out, like a house in the Forest Hill neighborhood that breaks all the rules without actually breaking any rules.

Known as Stack House, this three-story home measures just over 4,000 square feet on a nearly 5,500-square-foot lot.

Stack House, designed by Atelier RZLBD, the same company behind Toronto’s award-winning Outside In House, debuted nearby in the spring of 2022, impressing with its bold style sandwiched between the traditional types of homes that make up the surrounding blocks.

The architects artfully explain the thinking behind the project, saying that “while the house conforms to all regulations, it rejects the homogeneous view of the majority of residential architecture in the city, suggesting an alternative typology.”

As the name implies, the house is heaped together like a stack of shifted blocks, with each volume of the three-storey timber and steel structure housing a different function.

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The lower block of the house, finished in stucco, contains common areas, including a beautiful but minimal kitchen with a marble island.

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The central block, finished in a dark charred timber exterior and with a dramatic cantilever, houses transitional spaces such as a multi-purpose space extending from the ground floor to a mezzanine level.

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In addition to housing this extension of the main living area below, the second floor is home to three bedrooms.

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The top tier of Stack House has a distinctive A-frame roof that plays with the surrounding styles, finished with dark metal panels. This floor houses the most private alcoves in the house, including a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

Nestled in the A-frame-shaped upper floor, the primary bedroom’s decadent, spa-inspired ensuite has marble finishes, a soaking tub, walk-in shower, and dual vanities. All the bells and whistles.

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At the center of the house’s labyrinthine layout, a quadruple staircase connects all levels, aided by skylights that allow natural light to permeate throughout.

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That light penetration extends underground into an almost incredibly bright basement with lavish features, including an extravagant transparent wine cellar (why bow when no one can see it) and a characterful garden.

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Stack House is a quirky play on the area’s traditional house architecture, and undoubtedly an eye-catcher on the quiet residential street in which the house resides.

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