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Shaft House / Atelier rzlbd

  • Architects: Atelier rzlbd
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Architects: Atelier rzlbd / Reza Aliabadi
  • Design Team: Reza Aliabadi & Ali Malekzadeh
  • Project Manager: Ali Malekzadeh
  • Area: 1400.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: borXu Design

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From the architect. The Shaft House is an unexpected and exciting spatial experience that survives the limits of our ordinary living spaces. The two and a half storey detached house reevaluates functional arrangements within a narrow building while creating bright and airy spaces. Affordability is a value that the building successfully owns by integrating well thought low-cost strategies in the design process; from purchasing a modest lot of about 20 feet wide to choosing sustainable and cost efficient materials.

diagram 01
diagram 01

Aluminum siding, untreated wood and recyclable rusted steel for the exterior of the house not only help reduce the costs of the design but t also tried to make a statement on organic behaviors of buildings by changing color while aging along with the house.

© borXu Design
© borXu Design

The Shaft House generates spaces without walls. Circulation and services surround a void of light that is called “The Shaft”. Floors on either side overlook each other allowing light and sight to travel deep inside the house. The staircase circulates around the central shaft and cause rooms to emerge in space by changing levels. The levels have been shifted in section resulting in a canopy facing the street, and a south facing deck on the rooftop.

© borXu Design
© borXu Design

While the construction cost of the shaft house is almost as affordable as a ready-made design set of standard housings in Toronto, it is yet a surprise for the neighborhood and perhaps for many other neighborhoods in the city. But atelier rzlbd’s aspiration towards changing the face of Toronto by creating innovative and affordable designs is a goal that Shaft House successfully represents.

© borXu Design
© borXu Design
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