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Slide is centrepiece of Walker house renovation by Reflect Architecture

Reflect Architecture has renovated a house for a young family living in Toronto, Canada, by brightening its truncated interiors and twisting a blue slide through its centre.

The update to the house, which is named Walker, was focused on reconfiguring the existing layout to create lighter, open spaces that better serve the family’s lifestyle and encourage them to spend time together and play.

Walker house in Toronto, Canada, by Reflect Architecture
The exterior of Walker. Top image: the children’s slide

Walker’s centrepiece is the children’s spiralling blue slide, which plummets through the heart of the house and connects the basement level to the ground floor.

The slide was designed by Reflect Architecture to animate the lower-level so that it did “not feel like a basement” and to also help bring in natural light via the large opening that it required.

Walker house in Toronto, Canada, by Reflect Architecture
A folding staircase is positioned next to the slide

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The Scott House: A $7 million renovation is now complete on ‘one of Richmond’s supreme examples of Edwardian architecture’ | Great Homes of Richmond

The Scotts, who had previously lived in a nearby townhouse, knew the firm’s principals, William Noland and Henry Baskervill, socially, and they attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with Noland.

The Scotts first asked Noland & Baskervill to design a striking Norman Revival-style carriage house.  Then work shifted to the house itself.

The firm produced floorplan and elevation drawings for the house in 1907, but it continued to make design changes and detail drawings up to 1910.  The Scotts moved into the house on Dec. 10, 1910.

Although the house appears to be two stories tall from the street, it actually has three stories – and more than 18,700 square feet of living space.

A revolutionary statement

“When it was completed, the Scott House was a revolutionary architectural statement,” Novelli said.  “With its tall classical columns and light-colored stone cladding, it was a striking contrast to the medieval towers and turrets

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