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Charcoal House / Atelier rzlbd

  • 01:00 - 11 February, 2011
Charcoal House / Atelier rzlbd
Charcoal House / Atelier rzlbd, © borXu Design
© borXu Design

© borXu Design © borXu Design © borXu Design © borXu Design +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architects

    Reza Aliabadi
  • Project Manager

    Amin Sheivari
  • Build

    Maxamin Corp.
  • Area

    2100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. Charcoal House, situated in Pape and Danforth neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario, is deceivingly presenting a raucous box. The randomly patterned square windows on its façade and the hidden entrance door at the corner of the building are elements that not only make it difficult to associate the building with a single family house, but they also trick the eye to an extend where the scale of the house is distorted and one might not be able to guess the number of floors inside. 

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© borXu Design

Although the monolithic façade, the black brick cladding, states an asperous architecture, the airy spaces within the black box reveals the true identity of its functional spaces. The house as the architect describes, resembles a “coconut” which is dark and hard on the outside, white and delicious on the inside.

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© borXu Design

While it’s successful attempts to minimize physical connection to the front street creates a bizarre solitude for the building-such as the front door, which is carefully hidden inside an exterior corridor and melts into the façade around the corner of the building- this wood-framed single-family house of about 2,100 square feet suddenly transforms into a dynamic living space with a careful attention to openings and natural lights in each room, and once again deceives one’s immediate impression of disengagement from the outside by creating unexpected and glorious openings to the outside.

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sketches

The Charcoal House sits on a small lot with a narrow plan. It is not a spacious house to live in, but an avant-garde mind that seeks an alternative living space is perhaps looking for a change in effects. A modern house is about a modern living style, and the Charcoal House is an attempt to provide that chance for Torontonians.

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© borXu Design
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ACINTAarq · June 13, 2012

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Graham Cowen · October 12, 2011

Wonderful double-height spaces in the Charcoal House in Toronto http://t.co/9Bo1oyxC @plethoraapp

blusue · February 16, 2011

The random sizes and placement of the windows take away from this project

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Centor4 · February 14, 2011

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Red Wolf · February 13, 2011

Charcoal House http://goo.gl/ceqJr #architecture

KDS · February 12, 2011

Love the brick colour; it reminds me of the Four Seasons Centre in downtown Toronto. But the home's relation to to street is far too indifferent for my (and I suspect the neighbours') liking.

Chris Buyze · February 12, 2011

What&#39s Hot in Housing - charcoal boxes: http://bit.ly/fzcPm0, local concrete: http://bit.ly/gxPI98, plywood infill: http://bit.ly/gvAcjR

CanArch · February 12, 2011

The randomness of windows from outside is not that pleasant, but the inside works much better!

up_today_arch · February 12, 2011

I can imagine something special inside this magic box, not regular white alter-ego....

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Cadu · February 11, 2011

I liked a lot!

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