Photos: James Bombales

If you’ve been in Toronto’s West Queen West area lately, you may have noticed an interesting looking structure that’s sprung up at 45 Dovercourt Road. Made out of several empty shipping containers, the two-story building is the presentation centre for Curated Properties’ latest residential project, Cabin.

After attending the rustic priority preview event last month, BuzzBuzzHome News returned to the presentation centre for an exclusive tour of the unique space.


While the use of shipping containers was designed to mimic the project’s stacked architecture and profile by RAW Design, the containers are also easy to disassemble and reuse.

“Often, you see elaborate condo sales centres pop-up only to be demolished within months,” said Adam Ochshorn, Principal at Curated Properties. “With Cabin, we wanted to craft homes that are complementary of West Queen West’s unique personality; something local, authentic and sustainable. The idea of a recyclable presentation centre is a natural fit.”


On the exterior, the shipping containers surround a wooden deck and courtyard area with a functional stone fire pit. A set of glass doors welcomes guests into a hallway with project renderings, floorplans, and a bathroom vignette complete with a freestanding tub, marble accents, and striking black plumbing fixtures.


Around the corner, visitors can tour a bright and airy model suite designed by Toronto’s own Mason Studios. The two-story model suite is fully furnished and showcases one of the three colour palettes available to choose from, with each featuring a selection of natural stone, wood, marble and porcelain materials.


The kitchen boasts a two-tone colour scheme with the integrated refrigerator and surrounding cabinets clad in a dark charcoal finish. The design is bold yet blends well with the stainless steel gas stove, natural wood lower cabinets and marble slab backsplash. The dark-coloured cabinet handles and black kitchen faucet tie the contrasting tones together.


The light coloured engineered hardwood floors flow into the spacious dining and living room where the designers used natural elements like oiled ply, pony hair, polished brass and textured stone to give a modern yet rustic appearance.

“There’s a simplicity and a true natural appeal to Cabin’s interiors,” said Stanley Sun, Partner at Mason Studio. “We wanted to create a humble, instinctive look, warm and contemporary, removing unnecessary polish. Cabin inspired us to stay true to its Canadiana appeal, using natural stoneware and eclectic cottage-esque furniture in the model suite.”


The two-story suites at Cabin range in size from 717 square feet to 1,554 square feet and are priced from $499,900 to over $1 million.


Want to see the model suite for yourself? Be sure to register online, and visit the presentation centre located at 45 Dovercourt Road.

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