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Shaft House / Atelier rzlbd

  • 01:00 - 1 July, 2011
Shaft House / Atelier rzlbd
Shaft House / Atelier rzlbd, © borXu Design
© borXu Design

© borXu Design © borXu Design © borXu Design © borXu Design +13

  • Architects

  • 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

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
Cite: "Shaft House / Atelier rzlbd" 01 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/106706/shaft-house-atelier-rzlbd/>
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LayNg · February 04, 2012

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Oyerinde Oyesina A · January 07, 2012

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creaconmerida · January 07, 2012

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Ivana Sutanto · January 07, 2012

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RENarch · December 25, 2011

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Pete · October 08, 2011

It looks like it's trying to hide from the street.

CordobArquitectos · August 31, 2011

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Moheddine Dahmani · July 28, 2011

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ChickyTL · July 23, 2011
Graham Cowen · July 14, 2011

Fabulous design on a very narrow lot. Sleek and modern. http://is.gd/pfWTl5 @plethoraapp

Yu-suke · July 10, 2011

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Bruno Bellomo · July 10, 2011

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Bruno Bellomo · July 10, 2011

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Brendan · July 08, 2011

I live around the corner from this house. It's been on the market for about a year while houses all around it have been selling in a matter of weeks. It's not listed on MLS any more and I haven't walked by in a couple weeks, maybe it finally sold or they finally gave up. It doesn't fit with the neighbourhood at all and looks really awkward on the street. Might be an interesting design but it's really the wrong location and it sticks out like a sore thumb.

faraz · July 06, 2011

so pure, impressive work

Architekturlinks · July 05, 2011

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Centor4 · July 05, 2011

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Cabelíssima · July 05, 2011

básica, esbelta, elegante.
Linda!
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Serban · July 03, 2011

Street view with the old building

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Nazzy · July 03, 2011

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Bader Aldurai · July 03, 2011

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Samuel Borreguero · July 03, 2011

Sin miedo a solares retadores http://t.co/1EWG16V y con éxito...

Brian Baltin · July 02, 2011

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Archreviewer · July 02, 2011

There is no context here...the house is worthy of creating a new context.

diego bortolato · July 02, 2011

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yuji haniyuda · July 02, 2011

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Philippe Desjardins · July 02, 2011

I love the way it is build- you get much space for the actual space of the field. However, why are you building that kind of dwelling in a residential area where there's space provided for normal size houses? I think we would see the benefits and the utility of the 'shaft house' in down town Toronto.

giuliano.pastorelli · July 02, 2011

Wow! que bella casa http://is.gd/AW7K4m

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Erik Bishoff Photog. · July 02, 2011

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Glitz · July 02, 2011

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Taegu.Kwon ??? · March 11, 2011

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Jason Roy · February 12, 2011

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Red Wolf · January 31, 2011

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Kwangbae Lee · January 29, 2011

Shaft House / Atelier rzlbd http://j.mp/fh68HM Very Nice.

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ryan · January 29, 2011

I think the setback is the most gracious part of the design. If it was flush with the other setbacks, it would read way to tall and oppresive.. Yet if it were shorter the proportion would be way off the mark

Pauly De Bartolo · January 29, 2011

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larissa leme · January 28, 2011

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JP · January 28, 2011

There are different ways to respond to context than mere issues of style. It appears to me, that due to the small, narrow site they couldn't fit the wanted/req'd square footage with a hipped roof. A square roof means more usable space. Probably the same reason there are so many floors, and so much attention given to the 'shaft.'

Shame we still think 'context' means 'mere style.'

sf · January 30, 2011 02:55 AM

they could have matched the house on the left with the pitch height. playing with the notion of the building on the right, they could have taken that language and modernised it. Instead of a point it could be flat, with a recessed light well in the roof. Modern insulation means the pitch space could be utilised instead of the flat ceiling. Also, its ac ountry of snow... ptiched roofs serve a purpose. they prevent natural swimming pools and excess loads on roofs. style... part of parcel.

Milan Kramolis · January 28, 2011

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SF · January 28, 2011

As a stand alone, the front facade looks pleasing.
However, it is a shame that there is no apparent response to the neighbouring building. Somehow a response to those barn style pitched roofs and frontage could have brought about some interesting design/modern features.

Shame we still think modern means box. :(

therealgaryc · January 28, 2011

Interesting architectural design: RT @nicholaspatten: Shaft House. http://bit.ly/hpebro

Nicholas Patten · January 28, 2011

Shaft House. http://bit.ly/hpebro

u-plus a-plan · January 28, 2011

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Rube · January 28, 2011

Aside from the set back, another nod to the local context would have been to pick up on the white fascia boards defining their respective forms.

Xavier · January 28, 2011

There is very few information to analyze this work thoroughly. The section does not have a scale and it does not indicate anything about the usage of the spaces, the distribution of the program, not even the boundaries of the lot.

From what is shown, it is not even possible to judge if setting the house all the way back was an accurate call. It is difficult to tell if placing a void of light and displacing both halves of the house half a floor is a good decision, for that matter.

It seems the authors want to be recognized for managing a reduced budget, illuminate all interior spaces with natural light, and creating an appealing elevation from the street.

up_today_arch · January 28, 2011

Very nice for so small plot... The elevation is amazing...

Montserrat De Leon · January 28, 2011

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Cam Yates · January 28, 2011

Great however they stole my nickname.

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Jared E Wright · January 28, 2011

Love this house!!! Shaft House by Atelier rzlbd http://pulsene.ws/SKS6

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Design+Build · January 28, 2011

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Graham Cowen · January 28, 2011

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architecture3s · January 28, 2011

love this kind of project...http://tinyurl.com/4m9bb2l

David Ferguson · January 28, 2011

Very interesting, like to see photos of the back.

GeoffBarnes · January 28, 2011

Agreed. The house is way to far back - what a shame.

design.language · January 28, 2011

I like the design of the street-side facade, but it seems to be set back too far from the street. Based on the images provided, it seems as though it would fit better within context if it was in line the adjacent facades.

Bee · July 05, 2011 10:50 AM

The adjacent houses closer to the boundary are shorter and are fronted by a single-storey portion. This project appears to be the tallest in the street, and is without a single-storey frontage; the architects were most likely shackled to a town planning setback.

alechs · January 28, 2011 08:49 AM

I wouldn't be worried about context with a driveway that long - think about all the snow you'd have to shovel. I'd hate to be the kid living in that house.

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