Ancerl Studio charms us with a contemporary abode, where the view becomes the hero!
NOV 5, 2020 | By Vedika Nair
What captivated Nicholas Ancerl, principal designer of Ancerl Studio, while fashioning Parkwood 8 was its awe-worthy view. So, he ensured that the surroundings became the home’s focal point. A big believer in creating spaces with cubic footage and 3D renders in mind, Ancerl’s philosophy was to design a home where everyone could enjoy the experience of a space.
Nestled in Toronto’s affluent Forest Hill neighbourhood, the 2,500 sq ft home is an ode to spatial planning, neutral themes, monochrome hues and the wabi sabi aesthetic. Breaking away from the trend of open concept living, the designer conceptualised vertical elements throughout the home to create an intriguing yet easy navigation.
Limestone walls accompany visitors who ascend into the abode, where a glimpse of the stairs appears through the peek-a-boo glass windows. Here, the foyer reveals a melange of design details, once again creating a sense of mystery.
Around the corner is the powder room, a visual shield of sorts, which guides us to the opulent dining space that is enveloped by the stairs. A magnificent chandelier pierces through the void of the stairway and illuminates the area.
“The large central opening in the dining room is a perfect example of our design philosophy,” says Ancerl. “We believe in using natural and authentic materials, and creating interest with texture and contrast to best complement the homes as well as to really enhance their key features.”
We’re greeted by a long, custom vertical plane-turned-fireplace that is accessible from the living and dining areas, while this partial barrier also gives us a peek into the space beyond. Walking around the fireplace, we step into the open family room that is complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive view of the outdoors.
What we love about this uber-chic home is that every corner brings in a ray of sunshine! The home’s panoramic windows allow for abundant natural light which is perfect for someone who enjoys the #goldenhour.
The last vertical plane in the abode sits on the main floor, separating the kitchen from the living and dining space. With three entry points to this wall from the adjoining rooms, we’re released into the open kitchen, breakfast room and scotch lounge. “The kitchen was a lot of fun to design because of the interesting materials it allowed for—we handpicked the reclaimed wood beams, climbing stacks of them to find just the right ones,” shares Ancerl.
The stair rail features become the home’s strongest aesthetic, linking the environs. One can access the inbuilt library on the second floor, and also enjoy a stunning view of the open dining room and dramatic skylight above. This level houses a set of rooms including an office, master bedroom and shared bathroom.
The master bedroom is equipped with a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite bathroom and vast windows that allow for stunning views. “We really wanted to let the home’s architectural details as well as the outdoor views remain the prime focus in the space, so all the materials were selected to complement those elements, rather than distract from them,” concludes Ancerl.