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Architecture Design of Stack House

Description About The Project

Stack House designed by Atelier RZLBD is a brand-new project in Canada. Located in the Forest Hill neighborhood in Toronto, the stacked profile of the house is well scaled to the surrounding. Its face with a pitched roof blending and provoking at the same time. Simultaneously, the monotonous, dark presence evokes a sense of monumentality, hinting at more fluid and undefined spatial boundaries inside.

While complying with all the regulations, the house rejects the homogenous conception of the majority of (residential) architecture in the city, suggest an alternative typology. Hence, it creates an unorthodox form that reclaims the free nature of an architectural space. While maintaining and dramatizing the spatial order that unifies the interior and exterior complexity.

The stack composed of three “blocks”. The lower block, containing the public programs, finished in stucco. The middle block, containing the transitional programs, such as the multi – purpose room on the mezzanine level, finished in charred wood. On the other hand, the upper block, containing the most private programs, such as the master bedroom and en-suite, finished in metal paneling. In addition to this, located between the ground floor and the second floor, the multi – purpose room is a diagonal extension of the living room below and across. As well as a distinct gathering space shared by the three bedrooms on the second floor.

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While using stucco, wood, and metal to symbolize the three blocks, the overall dark gray color achieves subtlety in their differentiation, creating a contradictory image of monumentality and intimacy.

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Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD
Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD

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Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD

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Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD
Penetrating all the blocks of this Stack House is the quadruple – height staircase with diverse light shafts around it, traveling from the skylights all the way down to the basement.

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Rooms on different levels abut this extreme vertical void at the center, are either closed to be separated or opened to be combined.
Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD
From the living room, the diagonal sightline continues to the transparent wine cellar and the feature garden in the basement. Unlike the clear delineation of the blocks on the exterior, the interior is a vertical labyrinth around the staircase. Hence, generating a constant motion either in body, eye, or mind, throughout the entire stack of the house.

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Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD
Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD

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Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD
Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD
Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD

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Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD

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Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD
Stack House, a playful expression of horizontal volumes by Atelier RZLBD

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Text by the Architects: A building is like a pile of books, which, being scaled and sized to our human body, is composed of horizontal platforms with consistent ceiling heights. A tall structure of three stories plus a basement, Stack House is a playful expression of horizontal volumes, which are stacked on top of and cantilevered from each other.

Photo credit: Borzu Talaie| Source: Atelier RZLBD

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 220 Duncan Mill Rd #617, North York, ON M3B 3J5, Canada
– Tel: +1 416-223-1900
– Email: [email protected]

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