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Courtesy of Paul Raff Studio


Located on a two-acre lot in Toronto, the Echo House project includes a renovation and addition to better suit a city-dwelling family’s modern lifestyle. The family hired Paul Raff Studio to design a harmonious residence that would pay homage to their Asian Canadian heritage, resulting in a spacious, tranquil home with a connection to the surroundings.

The ecologically sustainable renovation of the existing home was a radical overhaul that created an open, light-filled interior that opens up to the lush landscape. The exterior was given a new envelope complete with high-performance insulation that, along with the new efficient heating, cooling, and ventilation system, reduces the home’s energy usage by more than 50%.

One of the most notable changes resides on the front creating a bold entrance forecourt. A series of reclaimed Douglas Fir screens help provide privacy for the guest rooms while keeping views of the garden. [1]


[1]      “Toronto’s Echo House Marries Asian and Canadian Influences.” Design Milk, April 3, 2019. https://design-milk.com/torontos-echo-house-marries-asian-and-canadian-influences/.

Additional information:

“Echo House // Paul Raff Studio – Architizer Journal.” Journal, October 28, 2015. https://architizer.com/blog/projects/echo-house-1/.

“Echo House.” Paul Raff Architects, September 29, 2020. https://paulraffstudio.com/portfolio-item/echo-house/.

Lomholt, Isabelle, and Adrian Welch. “Echo House in Toronto, Ontario Residence – e-Architect.” e-architect, April 6, 2020. https://www.e-architect.com/toronto/echo-house-in-toronto.

“Sustainable Architecture Design: Paul Raff Toronto Architect.” Paul Raff Architects, March 21, 2019. https://paulraffstudio.com/.

Project Title: Echo House
Artists:  Paul Raff Studio
Year: 2015

Place: Toronto, Ontario

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