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Lux et Tepidus: Passive solar design eases a family’s transition from Arizona to Toronto

Paul Raff Studio
April 2009

By David Sokol

Vermont Farmhouse
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Any family move is nervous-making. New schools, new commuting patterns, new social circles. One brood’s haul from Arizona to Forest Hill, the well-heeled neighborhood just north of downtown Toronto, also prompted anxiety over a certain kind of climate change. “The clients were wary of losing all the beautiful light qualities of the Arizona desert,” says Toronto-based architect Paul Raff, whose eponymous studio was hired to construct a new home for the foursome…



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