The Hintonburg Home project was developed by Rick Shean of Ottawa-based architectural practice Christopher Simmonds Architect. It had as a goal the creation of a contemporary residence in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The architect designed the home for his family and the project was completed in 2012.The result was this beautiful two-storey property with a contemporary and stylish design.
The house has two volumes which are connected by a courtyard. Both volumes open onto the courtyard from where they get natural light and beautiful views. The courtyard serves as a front porch area for one of the volumes. This one, located at the rear of the property, contains most of the public spaces, including the kitchen, the dining room and the lounge areas. The front den contains the more private spaces. This part is connected to the street as well as to the courtyard through large windows.
In order to establish a strong indoor-outdoor connection, the two volumes have lots of openings that open the rooms towards the exterior and let the spaces expand. The glass walls and floor-to-ceiling windows let natural sunlight invade the rooms thus making them more airy and open.
The exterior design of the residence is simple. The palette of materials and colors includes white oiled cedar and natural cement boards. They might be simple but the reflect the elegance of this modern property and allow it to stand out and to overpower the adjacent property with their simple beauty.