In Toronto’s Forest Hill, Canvas House is an outlier. Surrounded by stately Georgian homes, the residence (which is also a private art gallery) is shrouded in a meticulously sculpted and undulating brick facade that signals a departure from the familiar. It also exemplifies how Partisans — the architecture firm behind the unconventional expression — is able to manipulate a traditional building material to create shock value.

Close up of brick facade

With advances in automated assembly, 3D printing, robotics, augmented reality and digital design, modern day approaches to masonry have become more scientific and refined, forging a new frontier in innovation and its capabilities. For Canvas House, however, Partisans chose to go a little…

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