OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD

OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD

OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows, CourtyardOUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, ColumnOUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior PhotographyOUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, Stairs, Handrail, BeamOUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - More Images+ 18

Toronto, Canada
  • Architects: Atelier RZLBD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  290
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Borzu Talaie
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Grohe, Ikea, Miele, AWD, Adobe, Allan Rug Company, Amberwood Doors, Aquabrass, Bosch, Caplan's, Central Fairbank Lumber, Chateau Window & Door Systems, City stairs, Durabond, Efloor, FILO-TIMO Bespoke Architectural Fabrication Studio, First Class Flooring, Gentek building product, JennAir, +15
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OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Exterior Photography
© Borzu Talaie

Text description provided by the architects. As nature seeps through a crack of a stone, or as a wound of one’s heart blooms a new, unforeseen joy and peace, a nameless empty room becomes a sanctuary, a small universe, where one’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 in its deeper meaning.

OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows, Courtyard
© Borzu Talaie

The house is broken indentedly at its center into two volumes, which are pulled apart and shuffled so that the breakages face the outside and the exterior walls face the central void. In this double-height atrium, natural light falls from the sky through a series of stepped clearstories, oriented to the south (towards the lake) and north.

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At the southern end stands the hearth or the fireplace with a sunken ground as the gathering place; at the northern end a triple-height light shaft travels from the skylight all 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 raised platform of the atrium and the suspended bridge on the second floor, entering which one meets a moment of pause and is reoriented to south-north, the direction of “poetry”.

OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, Column
© Borzu Talaie
OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, Stairs, Handrail
© Borzu Talaie

Finished in bricks and tiles, the hardness on one’s foot and hand, as well as rough grains catching the rays of the sun, evokes a sense of exteriority, as if between two distinct buildings. Like in a sanctuary, the atrium erases the memory of the outside world and offers a womb once more, nurturing one’s body, mind, and soul. If the atrium was the main sanctuary, the cocoon is a side chapel. Located on the second floor, across the bridge over the atrium, at the end of the long corridor, adjacent to the master bedroom—the farthest place from the entry—the cocoon is a dark, quiet, small confined space where one can truly be alone.

OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, Door, Brick, Facade, Concrete, Beam, Column
© Borzu Talaie
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OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, Stairs, Handrail, Beam
© Borzu Talaie

At the center of the room, a small skylight gives out a very restrained illumination, and a small window, located at one corner at the sitting eye level, is the only connection to the outside world. Covered in fabric on all surfaces, with no distinction between floor, ceiling, and walls, the room is surreal visually, tactilely, and acoustically, with outside noise almost entirely absorbed in its softness. Being able to be truly alone with oneself, the space becomes an extension of one’s body, boundless in one’s mind.

OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, Brick
© Borzu Talaie

From the outside, the façade showing the indented breakages is reminiscent of the origin of being once one and of the clean rectilinear void inside. In defining what House is, Out(side)In House challenges the norm, in which it is cluttered with utilitarian programs, questioning what the purpose of House and living is, in the emptiness of its space.

OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD - Interior Photography, Column
© Borzu Talaie

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Cite: "OUT(SIDE)IN House / Atelier RZLBD" 26 Sep 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/968793/out-side-in-house-atelier-rzlbd> ISSN 0719-8884

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