Opposite House

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationToronto, Canada
CompanyRZLBD
Lead Architectrzlbd (Reza Aliabadi)
Design TeamDesign Architect: Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd] Interior design: Julia Francisco Structure: Egbert Engineering Mechanical: McCallum Consulting Septic: Gunnell Engineering Architectural Photography: Borzu Talaie
ClientMalcolm Shaw & Julia francisco

The Opposite House’s conceptual formation and program is
centred around the dynamic interplay of the opposites:
between north (servant) and south (served), rendered in
black/white, textured/smooth, closed/open,
opaque/transparent, and shadow/light.

The house adopts an institutional/commercial typology with all
spaces aligned and arranged along a galleria. This spine
defines a spatial organization, structural and mechanical
schemes, and provides dwellers with a very efficient spatial
network, a shortcut to navigate between quarters. Although
the gallery generates a linear void, its emptiness is the very
soul of the project’s interiority.

Location: Toronto, Scarborough, Cliffcrest area
Basics: One-storey steel & wood structure
Lot: 1.093 ha.
Living Area: 6000 sqft
Design: 2014-2015
Completion: Summer 2016

Bio
RZLBD IS A BOUTIQUE ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE BASED IN TORONTO FOUNDED BY ARCHITECT REZA ALIABADI (OAA, MRAIC, ICEO); WHOSE WORK EXTENDS TO DESIGNING BUILDINGS & OBJECTS, CURATING INSTALLATIONS & EXPOSITIONS, AND PUBLISHING A ZINE CALLED RZLBDPOST. THE PRACTICE IS NOT JUST AN ORDINARY OPERATION THAT SERVES, RATHER LIKE A POSITIVE VIRUS, IT CONTRIBUTES, COMMUNICATES, CHALLENGES, AND ADAPTS ITSELF TO THE NEED OF PROJECT AND ITS CONTEXT.