House in King City, Ontario, Canada
Iconic Sundial House
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Architecturally significant 'Sundial House'. A very special home with an interesting provenance, the owner was one of the largest concrete forming contractors in Toronto and pioneers of architectural concrete. He built iconic, exposed, textured concrete buildings such as John Robarts Library at the University of Toronto, The Ontario Science Centre, the original Four Seasons Hotel as well as the Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank and Sun Life building in downtown Toronto.
In collaboration with architect, Morton Katz, a professor at University of Toronto, both men were inspired by and great admirers of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, hailed as the fathers of modern architecture. Le Corbusier designed his buildings in a minimalist style using mainly exposed concrete as his building material. As such, the architecture of the house is of the school of Le Corbusier, however it is softened by a Frank Lloyd Wright "Prairie" style of architecture.
Wright's architectural philosophy is reflected in many aspects of the house including the lower ceilings in many of the rooms. Wright's view created a more "intimate" and calming ambiance. He liked to use more wood in the interior of his houses than Le Corbusier. One will find this style reflected in the maple wood ceilings of the living and dining room..
Wright was very focused on designing his houses to take advantage of and fit into their natural setting (his 'Fallingwater' house in Pennsylvania is a prime example). The structure was built on top of a sandy hill surrounded by 17+ acres to take advantage of the beautiful views, the movement of the sun and to be surrounded by nature to relax and rejuvenate one's physical, psychological and spiritual wellness. The house is shaped somewhat like a sundial, with the straight wall facing north, the bedrooms catching the morning sun, and the common areas oriented to take advantage of the afternoon sun, hence the name "The Sundial House". The floor-to-ceiling windows bring the beautiful natural setting into the house.
The wooden forms used to pour and set the concrete of the house were old 2" X 12" barn boards, which were sourced from an old farmhouse in the area, hence the beautiful blondish hue in many of the interior walls, which fibers of wood are still embedded in the concrete.
Featuring abundant outdoor entertaining space with walk-outs from most every room, a spring-fed pond, indoor pool. sauna, three car garage, winding tree-covered drive up to the main house and barn/bunkie. Property has unobstructed views and a large clearing of table land in the valley, ideally suited for an equestrian arena, a private vineyard or orchard, a nine-hole chipping green - all visible and in direct line of sight from your breakfast table. Imagine the possibilities.
High demand, private location on the coveted 7th Concession in King Township among prominent equestrian estates. Only five minutes away from King City, Nobleton and Highway 400. Go Station 10 minutes away. Quick drive to the area's best private schools - Villanova, Country Day School and St. Andrew's College in Aurora.
13280 7th Concession Sdrd, King, ON L7B 1K4, King City, Ontario, Canada