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 Atelier RZLBD is a boutique architectural practice based in Toronto founded by the architect Reza Aliabadi; 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 project and its context.