the offset house by JA architecture + arta design & build
oct 22, 2012
the offset house by JA architecture + arta design & build


‘the offset house’ by JA architecture studio

looking at ways to capture light on an east-west lot by splitting and offsetting the second floor of a narrow and deep infill house,
toronto-based JA architecture studio and arta design & build have palced two levels in a section to become an opening for ample
lighting to flood the main floor. the plan becomes a void that allows a straight cascading staircase to pass through, where the elevation
separates the half storey volumes. defining the entry to create a distance between the southern face of the top volume and the neighbor,
two cozy exterior spaces become present for the lower second floor as the result of this volumetric shift. ultimately,
the house constantly changes mood and character by the changing qualities of illumination during the day.

 
view from the north

 
close up shot of the entrance


the kitchen


the upstairs corridor, the reading nook and the south light


the living space and the deck


view from the deck inside


shot of the living space and the straight cascading stair

 
conceptual sketch depicting the split and offset

 
model shots

longitudinal section


short sections

project info:


title: sabz boutique building project
architect(s): JA architecture studio and ARTA design and build
location: toronto, ontario, canada
structural design: blackwell bowick partnership ltd.
project area: approx. 2000 sqf
project year: 2012

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