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Out(side)In House near Scarborough Bluffs
16 Sep 2021
Architecture: Atelier RZLBD
Location: Scarborough Bluffs, Ontario, Canada
Out(side)In House in Ontario
As nature seeps through a crack of a stone, or as from a wound of one’s heart blooms a new, unforeseen joy and peace, a nameless empty room becomes a sanctuary, a small universe, whereone’s soul can truly rest. Located near Scarborough Bluffs, the panoramic horizon of Lake Ontario, Out(side)In House offers a void that leads the inhabitants to see the inner horizon, suggesting life inits deeper meaning.
The house is broken indentedly at its center into two volumes, which are pulled apart and shuffled sothat the breakages face the outside and the exterior walls face the central void. In this double-heightatrium, natural light falls from the sky through a series of stepped clearstories, oriented to south(towards the lake) and north.
At the southern end stands the hearth or the fireplace with a sunkenground as the gathering place; at the northern end a triple-height light shaft travels from the skylightall the way down to the basement, where a large planter suggests the possibility of a tall tree growing.
Circulating east-west between rooms, the direction of “utility”, one is always abrupted by a raisedplatform of the atrium and the suspended bridge on the second floor, entering which one meets amoment of pause and is reoriented to south-north, the direction of “poetry”.
Finished in bricks andtiles, the hardness on one’s foot and hand as well as rough grains catching the rays of the sun evokesa sense of exteriority, as if between two distinct buildings. Like in a sanctuary, the atrium erases thememory of the outside world and offers a womb once more, nurturing one’s body, mind, and soul.
If the atrium was a main sanctuary, the cocoon is a side chapel. Located on the second floor, acrossthe bridge over the atrium, at the end of the long corridor, adjacent to the master bedroom—thefarthest place from the entry—the cocoon is a dark, quiet, small confined space where one can trulybe alone. At the center of the room, a small skylight gives out a very restrained illumination, and asmall window, located at one corner at the sitting eye level, is the only connection to the outsideworld.
Covered in fabric on all surfaces, with no distinction between floor, ceiling, and walls, the roomis surreal visually, tactilely, and acoustically, with outside noise almost entirely absorbed in itssoftness. Being able to be truly alone with oneself, the space becomes an extension of one’s body,boundless in one’s mind.
From the outside, the façade showing the indented breakages is reminiscent of the origin of beingonce one and of the clean rectilinear void inside. In defining what House is, Out(side)In Housechallenges the norm, in which it is cluttered with utilitarian programs, questioning what the purpose ofHouse and living is, in the emptiness of its space.
Out(side)In House in Ontario, Canada – Building Information
Architects: Atelier RZLBD
Project Lead: Reza Aliabadi
Project team: Arman Azar, James Chungwon Park, Raisa Nekhaeva
Structure: Egberts Engineering
Mechanical: Atava Design Inc.
Construction Management: Jordyn Development
Location: Ontario, Toronto, Scarborough
Basics: Two-storey wood & steel structure
Lot: 14300 sqft / 1330 m2
Living Area (GFA): 3120 sqft / 290 m2
Design: 2017 – 2018
Completion: Summer 2021
Architectural Photography: Borzu Talaie
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