Have you heard of RAW Design? If you consider yourself a design enthusiast and aren’t familiar with this rising Toronto-based firm, then you should be asking yourself how you fell so far out of the loop.

If you’re not a design enthusiast and haven’t heard of RAW, then you’re off the hook… for now. Let us assure you, RAW is one of those inventive firms that makes normally apathetic folks start caring about architecture.

Abacus, one of their newest projects, is a perfect example of RAW’s cutting edge techniques that are garnering attention at home and abroad.

The new 8 storey lofts project at Dundas and Ossington by DAZ is a modestly sized building. However, the modest size didn’t stop RAW from being ambitious with the design. Its strong architecture is meant to be iconic and notable with equal attention paid to the interior features of the lofts (did we mention RAW does interior design too?).

Its visually stunning design will certainly capture the attention of residents and visitors alike as they stroll through the neighbourhood. But Abacus will also fit in seamlessly with the already-exciting community. For the uninitiated, Dundas and Ossington is known for its vivid arts community, hip bars and restaurants, and eclectic shopping options.

Another great thing about RAW is their two principal architects, Roland Rom Colthoff and Richard Witt aren’t exactly shy when it comes to speaking with the always-curious media (like us, for example!). In fact, Richard was the subject of one of our Buzz Talk interviews a few months back so check that out!

As for Abacus, we’re liking what we see and will surely have some more buzz on this one soon!

For more info visit the Abacus website or email paul@pauljohnston.com.

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