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Turning the Lens on a Curvy, Calculus-Inspired Home and the Mathematician Who Dreamed It Up

The Integral House, designed by Toronto architects Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, is a five story, 1,652-square-meter home with glass walls that curve much like a guitar or grand piano. The late James Stewart, a mathematician and musician who made millions off of a calculus textbook, wanted his house to have two things: curves and a concert hall. Director Joseph Clement is now working on a documentary about the house and Stewart, who once said that "building the house transformed [his] life."

In a video for The Globe and Mail, Clement gives a tour of the house, and explains Stewart was interested in these shapes because "curves express calculus." Philip Glass and Steve Reich were among the musicians who visited and performed at his home, which includes a concert hall designed to hold a 150 person audience. Check out the video below for a closer look. There's also a film trailer with some seriously beautiful shots of Stewart walking through the home.

·Integral House: A space for music designed by a millionaire mathematician [The Globe and Mail]