To celebrate Azure’s 30th anniversary, we are spotlighting the place where it all began: Toronto. And one of the most outstanding residential projects to be found in our home city is Integral House, a masterful four-storey Rosedale home completed in 2009 by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects.
Designed for Jim Stewart, a renowned mathematician and concert musician, the house is half residence and half recital hall, capable of hosting some 200 guests during a performance. Three weeks before Stewart died of cancer in December 2014, we visited the house, along with videographer Chris Clifford, to document the interior spaces with architect Brigitte Shim and documentary filmmaker Joseph Clement, whose feature film on Stewart and the house will be released later this year. Stewart himself offers some surprising insight on curves and their significance to his unique home.