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The Offset / Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

  • Architects: Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Structural Design: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Area: 2000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS, Courtesy of Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS
Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

From the architect. The idea of the project is to capture south light exposure on an eastwest lot by splitting and offsetting the second floor of a narrow and deep infill house. The offset between the two levels in section becomes an opening that allows the south light into the main floor and in plan it becomes a void that allows a straight cascading stair to pass through.

Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS
Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

In the elevation the offset of two one and half storey volumes on one hand defines the entry and on the other creates distance between the south face of the top volume and the neighbor. Two cozy outdoor spaces are created for the lower second floor as the result of this volumetric shift. At the end the project tries to use a geometric shift to create a house that constantly changes mood and character by the changing qualities of light during the day.

Courtesy of Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
Courtesy of Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
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