origami lofts condominium and showroom
client: symmetry developments
location: toronto, canada
type: multi-unit residential / showroom
Interior and showroom design by dkstudio architects inc.
Exterior design by Teeple Architects
dkstudio was appointed as the interior architect for the Origami Lofts, a proposed seven story condo in the transitional Queen & Bathurst area of downtown Toronto. The interior design takes its cues from the Origami theme of the building. The sharp, clean interiors of the lofts are punctuated by kitchen design, the highlight of the project. The ambition of the kitchen design was to create a dynamic expression that would serve as an anchor throughout the 24 loft units that could be realistically built to the strict, developer cost parameters. Traditionally orthogonal kitchen lines and surfaces are strategically bent, folded, and articulated with two-tone reflective lacquered panels with no compromise to function. The kitchen island is sculpted in the same manner to resemble a freestanding, life-sized work of origami. Containing a fully hidden storage cabinet in its weighty anchoring mass, the island narrows to a near sharp edge supported only by a folded paper-like leg that tapers towards the floor. Seemingly floating in front of the kitchen, the angular planes of the island create a foreground to the sculpted background kitchen behind. When seen in concert, these two elements create a continuous movement and play of lines and shapes back and forth across the kitchen work area.