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February 5, 2015

Snow Covered Site…

We were on site reviewing progress at our snow covered North York Residence earlier this week. With the exterior windows now installed the contractor is now focusing on the exterior finishes…we …

January 21, 2015

Project Preview

We stopped by the Park Lawn Addition project this evening and snapped a couple photos of the exterior. The project is very near completion and the details are looking quite …

January 6, 2015

Ravine House Addition

Built in the suburban heyday of the 60’s this long, low, modern bungalow hugs the hillside of this beautiful ravine property in Markham. Our clients, a young and growing family, …

January 6, 2015

Georgian Bay Residence Updated Exterior Photos

Located in a secluded field south of Thornbury, Ontario, this renovation from an existing coach house into a new residence for a family of 4 seeks to harmonize with its …

January 1, 2015

Heathcote Residence Conceptual Design Ideas

Located in a secluded field south of Clarksburg, Ontario, this new build home for a family of 2 is nestled into the side of a general slope overlooking a purpose built pond, …

December 31, 2014

Park Lawn Addition Nearing Completion!

This second storey addition and interior renovation includes a complete re-working of the basement and ground floors, as well as the introduction of a new second floor. New landscaping, complete …

December 15, 2014

River House Breaking Ground Early 2015!

The long, low roof lines of this residence stretch out over the pastoral landscape of a river valley in Southern Ontario. The courtyard scheme brings a sense of intimacy to …

December 15, 2014

Sunnylea Addition Framing Underway!

This interior renovation and two storey rear addition includes a complete re-working of the basement, ground floor and second floor. New landscaping, complete with a rear deck are also …

November 25, 2014

Updated Light House Renderings…

This new house in Toronto balances open spaces for living with more formal spaces for entertaining. A large sunken dining room addresses the street across a screened front yard terrace. …

November 21, 2014

Cedarvale Addition Renderings…

This two storey rear addition and interior renovation includes a complete re-working of the ground and second floors, as well as the introduction of a new rear addition. New …

November 7, 2014

Construction Is Underway…

This unique new-build residence finds itself neatly slotted between two adjacent low rise buildings on a generous lot in North York. The home seeks to harmonize with its surroundings …

September 30, 2014

An Unfamiliar Role

Each new project we undertake at blackLAB offers us the unique opportunity to work with a new client. As architects who focus their efforts predominately on residential design, there aren’t …

August 5, 2014

Ravenna Cottage Renderings…

Located on a private lot south of Thornbury, Ontario, this new build cottage seeks to harmonize with its rural surroundings. A family of four who enjoy time in the …

July 21, 2014

Initial Country House Design Concepts

This beautiful and unique site, although located with the boundaries of the ecologically sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine, is not an example of pristine nature. The large building lot is part …

June 5, 2014

Queen-West Project Update

An infill site located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this unique new-build residence finds itself neatly slotted between two adjacent sites to the rear of an existing severed lot. …

June 5, 2014

Schematic Lake Of Bays Cottage Ideas

This modest 3-season cottage finds itself nested within a private shoreline lot on the Lake of Bays. Its basic rectilinear mass draws inspiration from the cottage that originally occupied …

May 6, 2014

Rowhouse Renovation Under Construction

This project includes a complete re-working of the main floor of a century old row house. The small footprint created a need to be creative with an open space while …

March 6, 2014

Our Sandbox

After hibernating most of the winter with our new baby in our 12th floor condo, we decided that a sandbox and a patch of grass would soon be required. A …

January 8, 2014

Design Process

We were recently invited to speak at the TSA’s emerging voices forum. The format was limited and demanding, but in a good way: 20 slides of 20 seconds each. We …

January 6, 2014

Sequin Coach House Images

A small cottage overlooking the lake was in need of overflow space for guests, a workshop and storage for recreational equipment. This proposed guest suite above a garage is a …

May 16, 2013

A Change Of Plan

You know your ‘new’ firm isn’t as ‘new’ as you thought when an existing client requests your services for the design of an addition to the home you’d designed …

January 17, 2013

blackLAB at IDS13

After months of planning and work, it’s finally here. Our installation at the Interior Design Show is ready – come and see us! We’ve worked with some great people over …

December 6, 2012

From The Ground Up!

Often, we’ve come across people who wonder what it’s like to work with an architect on their project and whether they should have people like us involved. Perhaps the profession …

November 15, 2012


We are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Interior Design Show (IDS13) special exhibit this year. Along with 3 other design firms, we will be exploring the …

October 7, 2012

43,964 Steps

Here are a couple videos (see slideshow) that show how we created the golf tee mosaic that forms one wall of our office space. It seemed crazy while we were …

September 17, 2012

Team Effort

We’ve always maintained that the best and most appropriate way to deliver a successful project is through open communication with our clients, and consistent input from the trades we’ve …

June 4, 2012

Twitter Critter 101

Just recently blackLAB architects inc. was contacted by Gill Swan (@arch_lintel), senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancaster, School of Natural and Built Environment (@ArchUCLAN) to participate in their …

June 1, 2012

First Thoughts…

The Initial Design Meeting: The first step in a design process can be one of the most exciting. Within the constraints of the site and program we’re completely free to …

May 29, 2012

Deleted Buildings

When we found the space that was to become our office, five short months ago, it was somewhat familiar territory. I lived close to Sterling Road in the past and …

February 11, 2012

A Wall Of 50k Tees

The four of us were coddled around what was (at the time) serving as our temporary desk, contemplating our next move, having just begun this exciting journey in starting our …

Our Process

blackLAB architects inc. is a multidisciplinary architecture firm. We value the importance of the client-architect relationship and seek to understand and interpret your ideas, being conscious to convey viable solutions on every project undertaken.

Working as a collective whole with you the client, as well as with contractors and consultants throughout the design process is something that blackLAB feels is critical in delivering a quality product that meets your expectations and emphasizes all facets that are important to you.

We have extensive experience working in several areas of architecture including on commercial and institutional projects. However, our main focus and area of specialty is within the custom residential field, having designed and delivered a range of urban and rural projects.

At blackLAB we seek to harmonize our designs within their natural environments through careful and thorough analysis of the project site. We maintain that every project should be contextually sensitive drawing upon site specific data that can facilitate a fluidity and intentionally fresh feel to a proposal.

We believe that a building’s edge should bridge the gap between interior and exterior environments. To this end on every project we work to devise solutions that can capture this with clean contemporary lines, and above all a fundamental respect for flexible, functional and habitable space.

We use the most advanced design tools available to our profession to effectively communicate and deliver our projects. As well as producing high quality drawing sets for permits and construction, we develop each of our projects as a virtual 3D model as we design. The life-like images and walkthroughs we produce allow you to fully participate throughout the entire design process, make informed decisions, and ultimately have a clear understanding of what the final experience of the building will be.

We approach each project with fresh eyes as we are continually educating ourselves on new products and materials, the latest in building technologies and are on top of what is happening in the design community.

A typical project undertaken by our office consists of four phases of work. The following summarizes some of the key components of each phase:

1. Establishing A Vision:

• establish an initial project budget and client wish list
• collect and analyze project/site data
• measure-up any existing buildings
• create a 3D model of existing site
• analyze zoning regulations, building codes and other applicable law
• identify any other applicable governing bodies

2. Developing An Idea:

• define building placement and orientation relative to views and sun path
• define spatial layouts
• define relationships between interior and exterior spaces
• prepare a 3D model of the building design
• determine the overall direction and big moves of the project
• ongoing work is informed by applicable codes, by-laws, and budget

3. Shaping The Vision:

• develop design ideas and demonstrate concepts through drawings, sketches, and 3D models
• integrate construction methods and materials to create the experience or feel of the spaces
• consult with engineers ensuring all building systems are compatible with the design intent
• review the design with the contractor to ensure the design and budget are compatible

4. Putting It On Paper:

• coordinate structural and mechanical design with architectural drawings
• develop detailed drawings of key interior spaces
• review the design with the contractor to ensure the design is compatible with the budget
• identify and navigate the approvals process for your project
• finalize building permit and construction packages

About Us

blackLAB architects inc. was founded by three talented architects, licenced by the Ontario Association of Architects, and an effective and qualified business manager.

We create buildings that are responsive and adaptive. Our buildings breathe and grow in their equally dynamic cultural and physical environments. We believe that architecture and its environment has a symbiotic relationship, each learning from the other.

We are innovative and agile. Each team member brings a unique perspective and skill set to the table. We have valuable and extensive experience to offer while continuing to challenge our industry’s conventions.

We connect. Each blackLAB team member is involved in the project from beginning to end, ensuring a continuity to the team communication and design consistency in the execution of the project.

We are inspired. We approach each project from first principals and are continually educating ourselves on new products, technologies, and are up on what is happening in the design community.

We are knowledgeable. We have a thorough understanding of how buildings go together and the construction process thanks to our unique construction experience and well-established connections in the building industry.

We are adept at providing a complete package of services ranging from feasibility studies and master plans, through to the construction administration of the final product.

We can also help you to connect with contractors and trades to provide input during the design phases and facilitate the construction.

How To Contact Us

blackLAB architects inc.
163 Sterling Road, Suite 151
Toronto, ON
M6R 2B2
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