Between city and nature, this residence shelters a group of Toronto nuns
The Globe and Mail, May 16, 2014 — When I visit serious works of architecture, the owners have rarely taken a vow of poverty. But every rule has an exception. The Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation of Roman Catholic nuns in Toronto, have commissioned a new home for themselves that reaches great aesthetic heights.
I went there recently for a tour, after the building, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, won a Governor-General’s Medal for Architecture. It is located in a dowdy corner of what used to be called East York. As you approach through a landscape of mid-century brick bungalows and strip plazas, you see an undulating monolith – a long, four-storey building that snakes in and out from the street, its façade lined by vertical bars of cool green aluminum and rough, orange Cor-Ten steel. It adjoins an 1885 Queen Anne-style house, resplendent in its restored red brick.
By Alex Bozikovic
Photo by Bob Gundu