Amazing Homes in Toronto Open Their Doors for Second Annual Modern Home Tour

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This year’s Toronto Modern Home Tour takes place next weekend (June 7). Residents in the area get the rare opportunity to see the inside and out of some of their city’s finest private, modern homes; Art City in St. James Town is the local non-profit partner.

Nano Design Build -- East York

When Modern Home Tours returns to Ontario on Saturday, June 7, Torontonians will have the chance to catch a glimpse inside some of their city’s most amazing modern residences. The self-guided Toronto Modern Home Tour will feature up to eight astounding homes all designed by local architects; the tour acts as a live, city-wide gallery of local residential architecture, and gives the designers a unique opportunity to show their impressive work to the public.

Six homes have been accepted and confirmed for the tour; the final line-up will consist of up to eight architecturally progressive and contemporary homes that exemplify modern living in and around the Toronto area. Confirmed homes (to date) include:

  •     Artist Charles Pachter’s home, studio, and galleries --Pachter Hall and Moose Factory-- in Toronto’s Chinatown district. The home and studio buildings were designed by Teeple Architects and built in 2005, and have won the Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence, a Plachta Award, and the Design Exchange Award.
  •     The “Driveway House,” designed by Spaces by Rohan, which is a small home in Little Portugal built entirely in a space that was previously a driveway for two cars that features radiant floors, interior walls of glass, roof-top cedar deck/patio, and 95% LED-based lighting inside.
  •     A new three-story, single-family house, designed by Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited and built on a typical long and narrow Victorian lot near Dovercourt Park, that presents a solid and stately front façade utilizing traditional Toronto red masonry, but impresses visitors with its surprisingly light and airy interior.
  •     A modern renovation and addition, by LineBox Studio, to an existing residence in Swansea originally built in the 1920’s that focuses on maintaining a balance between old and new, while adopting a green building design in sustainable matter
  •     One of Toronto’s “Tiny Town” mini-homes (just 566 sq. ft.), designed by LineBox Studio, that embodies a “hard loft” style with an industrial aesthetic and flexible floor plan, which creates an open and spacious feel in the home, despite the small footprint.
  •     The “Linear House” in the East York neighbourhood, designed by Nano Design Build Inc., that is considered to be the epitome of super-modern geometric linear design, featuring continuous, clean lines that define the space throughout, creating harmony, flow and balance.

In addition to the homes featured on the tour, attendees can visit the tour’s designated ‘rest stop’: the STACKLAB showroom, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design and fabrication studio, led by Jeff Forrest. Complimentary refreshments will be served and tourgoers can browse some astounding examples of modern furniture.

Art City in St. James Town has joined the tour as the local non-profit partner. They will help staff the event and use the tour as a fundraising vehicle.

Participating homes will open their doors for viewing from 11AM – 5PM, Saturday, June 7th. All homes are located in the greater Toronto area, and all participating architecture firms are local businesses. Tickets are $30 USD in advance; $40 USD on the day of the tour, available at designated locations. Everyone is invited; kids under 12 are free.

For more details and a current list of homes and participating architects, visit

About Modern Home Tours, LLC: Based in Austin, Texas, Modern Home Tours, LLC was founded by partners Matt Swinney & James Leasure in 2010 to introduce modern architecture and living to people across the nation. Through fun and informative tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, the group invites people into some of the most exciting examples of modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, the Modern Home Tours are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Not only will you learn about the cutting edge of home design while on our tours, but you might even get an idea or two for your next home project!

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