Modern Meets Classic in a Unique Interior Design by Audax

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Step into Villa Cortile, a stunning residence designed by the Toronto-based firm, Audax. Modern beautifully collides with classic in this stunning house. From the architecture to the interior design the Audax team masterfully executed their holistic vision. The result—a stunning, Italian-inspired home in which modernism and traditionalism converge.

Under the design leadership of principal architect Gianpiero Pugliese, Villa Cortile perfectly represents Audax’s design philosophy—Human Architecture. This design approach, developed by the studio, combines the best elements of traditional architecture with a modern aesthetic.

The interior design concept for Villa Cortile was influenced by the famous Villa Necchi in central Milan, built in the 1930s for an aristocratic family, renowned for its avant-garde approach to the classic Italian Villa.

The unparalleled attention to detail, quality of workmanship, and enduring style of Villa Cortile is a product of and testament to the high caliber interior design produced at the Audax atelier. Scroll on to enjoy the beauty of this modern classic house and its beautiful interior design!

The Architecture of Villa Cortile

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White-washed brick balances with elegant Hope Bay limestone to achieve a refined texture on the home’s façade. The lower roofs are standing seam zinc, while the upper roofs are in slate.

arched stone entryway

The main entry is accessed through a gracious stone archway that serves as a recurrent design element throughout.

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Inspired by the neighborhood courtyards commonplace in Italy, the living, dining and kitchen areas wrap around the courtyard. The open-concept living and dining areas peer into the courtyard as natural light floods in—an ideal, fluid space for entertaining or lounging.

Indoors and Outdoors Unite

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An additional ground floor kitchen highlights the seamless relationship between indoor and outdoor living at Villa Cortile. Replete with panoramic folding doors that open up to the terrace, allowing for all-season use.

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The backyard hardscape centers on a grid design that harmoniously aligns with the exterior columns and doorways. The terrace features a swimming pool with an adjacent water-feature wall that highlights the Carol Feuerman sculpture. The poolhouse conceals a rear recreation area, containing an additional kitchenette, bathroom, and changing areas.

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Inside Villa Cortile

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The ground floor of Villa Cortile features an open plan sitting area, a Vita Grey marble and brass clad fireplace, his-and-her kitchens stocked with state-of-the-art appliances, and a formal dining room pavilion.


The master kitchen and pantry contains the wet bar and ample storage, while the indoor/outdoor kitchen possesses a wood-fired pizza oven, flat top grill and fry station.

The Living Room

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The living area features low lying, contemporary furniture, brought together by the sectional sofa and the silver rug, both manufactured by Minotti.

floor screen with brass butterflies by koket

The Dining Room

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The formal dining room includes custom millwork on the ceiling and smoked oak Bardolino flooring.  Integrated throughout the home is custom furniture by Audax, such as the dining room table and Raphael chairs, the Evelyn chair in the guest suites upstairs, and the Evelyn sofa in the master bath.

The Stairwell

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A walnut handrail, wrought iron balusters, fluted plaster wall paneling, and Appennino marble-clad steps with brass accents distinguish the striking main stairwell.

The Master Suite

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The master suite contains an Arabescatto marble 3-piece bath and his-and-hers walk-in closets, as well as a sitting area and enclosed terrace.  

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Topping Things Off in the Lower Level

In the lower level of the home there is a parking garage and temperature-controlled wine cellar!

Hope you enjoyed the fabulous modern classic interior and beautiful architecture of Audax’s Villa Cortile!

Photography by Erik Rotter, Shai Gil / Courtesy of Audax